For the smokers in the group, you might be wondering, can I bring a lighter on a plane? It’s easy to assume you can’t take a lighter on a plane since fire is dangerous, but it’s not as simple as that. There are certain guidelines you must follow, but TSA does allow lighters on airplanes. Bear in mind that smoking is never allowed on board and could land you in jail. Keep reading for details about lighters in hand luggage and lighters in checked luggage, plus info about matches on a plane.
So can you take a lighter on a plane?
The surprising answer to this question is yes, but only certain types of cigarette lighters and only in some circumstances. There are differences between taking a lighter in carry on and bringing a lighter in checked luggage, so make sure you know the rules to avoid having your lighter confiscated.
Bringing a lighter on a plane in carry on
Cigarette lighters are allowed in carry on bags as long as they are disposable or Zippo type lighters. They can still have fuel in them as well.
However, TSA does not allow arc lighters, plasma lighters, electronic lighters, or e-lighters in carry on luggage. They also don’t allow torch lighters, gun lighters, or any kind of lighter that looks like a weapon, so stick to the basic disposables, like Bic lighters, or Zippo lighters.
Extra lighter fluid is not allowed in your carry on either. If you need more than the amount in your disposable lighter, you’ll have to buy more once you arrive at your destination.
You’re also not allowed to take the cigarette lighter out while in flight, so either keep it in your pocket or in your bag. Taking it out while in flight could pose a fire risk or be seen as a threatening act, so don’t remove it.
Taking a lighter on a plane in checked baggage
Due to fire hazard, you can’t take a lighter on a plane in checked baggage, unless the have no fuel in them. Extra lighter fluid is also not permitted in checked luggage.
If you do want to take a lighter in your checked bag, you are allowed to take two only if they are packed in a DOT approved lighter case, like this one.
Like with your carry on bag, arc lighters, plasma lighters, electronic lighters, e-lighters, gun lighters, and torch lighters are not permitted in checked luggage at all. So even if you have a DOT approved case, these types of lighters are still not allowed on an airplane.
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Can you bring matches on a plane?
With all the rules about bringing a lighter on a plane, it might seem easier to take matches. So if you’re wondering, can I bring matches on a plane, it depends on the type of matches and where you’re packing them.
Matches on a plane in carry on luggage
TSA allows one book of safety matches in your carry on bag. Don’t pack more than that though, or they are likely to be confiscated at the security checkpoint.
Like with the lighters, leave these packed away in your bag while on the plane. You can’t use them on board anyway, and you don’t want someone getting the wrong idea.
Strike-anywhere matches are not permitted in your carry on, so leave those at home.
Matches on a plane in checked baggage
Since matches pose a fire threat, they are not permitted in your checked luggage at all. This includes both safety matches and strike-anywhere matches.
Flying with a lighter or matches
The rules surrounding flying with a lighter or matches are there to keep you safe. The very purpose of these items is to make fire, so the limitations help prevent an emergency situation.
If you’re worried about a special lighter being confiscated, I’d recommend flying with a Bic lighter or a simple book of safety matches. Otherwise, you could easily pick up a lighter once you land at your destination to avoid the hassle completely.
And remember, these are just the TSA rules for flying in the US. Other countries around the world could have stricter rules and not let you take lighters or matches on a plane at all.
Hopefully this answers all your questions about bringing a lighter on a plane and flying with matches!
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