Q. Regulations for Butane Lighters in Airline Carry-on Luggage
As of August 4, 2007, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) longer bans common lighters in carry-on luggage. Torch lighters remain banned in carry-ons.
You may want to visit the "Safe Travel" web site page on lighters, maintained by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
For more information on lighters and matches, please see the TSA web site.
According to the TSA, lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation (DOT) exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.
The DOT has granted special permits to three companies:
- Zippo Manufacturing Co.
- The Colibri Group
- Prometheus International, Inc.