WASHINGTON - Starting Thursday, air travelers will have to leave their lighters at home. Unlike guns, knives and other dangerous items that a passenger cannot carry aboard but may stow in checked bags, lighters are banned everywhere on a plane. 

Lighters haven't been permitted in checked bags for at least 30 years because they might start fires in cargo holds. Congress passed a bill last year adding lighters to the list of items prohibited in the cabin. 

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Do you think it was wrong for the American government to ban lighters on planes?
WASHINGTON - Starting Thursday, air travelers will have to leave their lighters at home. Unlike guns, knives and other dangerous items that a passenger cannot carry aboard but may stow in checked bags, lighters are banned everywhere on a plane.

Lighters haven`t been permitted in checked bags for at least 30 years because they might start fires in cargo holds. Congress passed a bill last year adding lighters to the list of items prohibited in the cabin.

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17 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/11/05 - 1:22:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
not at all. you can't smoke on a plane anyway, and lighters are cheap and easy to pack into your luggage. they aren't necessary or helpful to air passengers.
17 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/11/05 - 1:28:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
^ Did you miss the "Lighters haven't been permitted in checked bags for at least 30 years because they might start fires in cargo holds." part?
17 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/11/05 - 1:55:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes i do! but its not likely that it will start a fire.
17 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/11/05 - 9:17:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah pixie, cass is right - you can't take a lighter on the plane AT ALL, either with you or in checked luggage. You can however, take four books of matches. Which doesn't make sense to me ... they started this because of that shoe bomber guy (Richard Reid?) ... but that guy was using matches!!

I think Bic was secretly behind this new law. Now they'll make a fortune in airport gift shops selling lighters to everyone as they come off the plane

17 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/11/05 - 8:56:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it seems like a great idea.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/15/05 - 9:30:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's not a bad idea.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/19/05 - 10:42:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
they should give the TSA agents boxes of matches to trade with smokers for their lighters. its only fair...we need that cigarette the minute we step off the plane.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/05 - 7:01:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Your fault you started.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/4/05 - 11:00:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Most airline restrictions introduced after 9/11 show just how little brain most people really have. It's a ridiculous idea.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/4/05 - 11:02:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
good idea, i mean wut is a lighter gonna do 4 u on a plane? u cant smoke on plains... the only thing its gonna help you do is LIGHT A BOMB! so yes deff.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/1/05 - 2:45:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Turn a torch up, BUM,you got a flaming knife! O2 masks come down from the top, put a light to up, a little spark, BAM, the plane becomes a bomb. LIghters are a dollor for a 6 pack at walmart, you can afford to buy a few when you get to where you are going.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 4:34:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
No it wasnt wrong for them to ban lighters; but it makes me laugh that they sell them at the gift shops that are past the security check points. It's like way to go on enforcing the rules.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 4:48:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
*sigh* Yet Another Dumb Law...
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 4:56:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
All these laws after 9/11... it's a bit like shutting the barn door after the cows got out...
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/7/05 - 3:13:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, its dumb
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/7/05 - 3:15:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ban lighters? Yay, fun! Ban lighters everywhere! They start too many fires!
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/7/05 - 3:16:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's wrong that they are taking away our rights in order to ensure that terrorists dont kill us....but just to let you know, lighters dont set off metal detectors, by which, you could carry one in your pocket...
but they would think that a terrorist would possibly try to SNEAK one in, oh no, they would never do that...
Its all f*cking stupid, if someone want to kill people, they will find a way...
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/9/05 - 3:10:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
Okay, as long as matches are okay...oh wait, don't they fulfill the exact same function as a lighter?
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/9/05 - 11:44:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/9/2005 3:10:36 AM maozedong wrote:
Okay, as long as matches are okay...oh wait, don't they fulfill the exact same function as a lighter?

Yes, but matches aren't explosive chemicals under pressure. Matches don't combust when put under the pressure, like that in an airplane, or when excessive force is placed on them, like when bags are stacked on top of eachother in the cargo hold.

16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 12/27/05 - 1:52:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why does anyone need a lighter on a plane to begin with?
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 11:46:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, smoking was banned from planes a long time ago, and otherwise, you don't really *need* a lighter on a plane anyway.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 11:59:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I actually just heard starting soon we can have lighters again. They sure have their heads up their asses - what did they think a lighter could do that matches couldn't anyway?



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