I missed it when it first came out but late last month the TSA banned all lighters from checked as well as carry-on luggage. I had grumbled about the congressional idiots who passed the law before and sort of expected the TSA would bring some smarts to the table. I was wrong. The TSA expanded the congressional idiocy. Read their press release here. Relevant snippets are here:
After carefully evaluating the security threat, Congressional intent and operational considerations, TSA determined that passengers should be prohibited from carrying all lighters on their person or in carry-on luggage in the sterile areas of airports or onboard an airplane. The policy will be fully enforced beginning April 14, 2005.
All lighters will be banned from sterile areas beyond security checkpoints at airports. This includes, for example, butane, absorbed-fuel (Zippo-type), electric/battery-powered and novelty lighters.
TSA’s mission includes preventing air piracy and use of an airplane as a weapon. TSA prohibits items that may be used to that end from being carried aboard an airplane. The lighter ban will fulfill Congress’ intent as expressed in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act and reduce security vulnerabilities, providing one more layer of security for the nation’s travelers.
No mention of matches in their press release. So I guess if you light a fuse with a match they don’t have a problem with it. And interestingly enough, confirming their idiocy, is that their list of prohibited items says:
Up to 2 lighters or 4 books of safety matches are allowed in your carry-on baggage – NOT checked baggage. Disposable lighters and absorbed liquid lighters are allowed in your carry-on baggage.
Everything I said before about the congress critters applies to the TSA idiots that implemented the idiotic law.