Cigarette Lighters May Be Allowed Back on Planes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The government is reportedly lifting the two-year-old ban against cigarette lighters on passenger planes.

Congress enacted the ban after a terror suspect on a Paris-to-Miami flight used matches to try to light explosives hidden in his shoes.

The New York Times today reports the ban on most lighters is being lifted as of two weeks from tomorrow.

The paper quotes the head of the Transportation Security Administration as saying the ban did little to make flying safer. He says confiscating them amounted to what he calls, "security theater."

Travelers will be allowed to carry on Bic-style disposable lighters as well as refillable kinds like Zippos. Torch-style lighters with hotter flames will still be barred.

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