Transportation Security Administration Lifts Ban on Lighters


The Transportation Security Administration announced changes to checkpoint security procedures on Friday. The changes in policy will allow carry-on luggage with breast milk and lighters and will take effect on August 4th.

TSA says the changes will allow the administration to focus on larger threats to airline security.

“Explosives remain the most significant threat to aviation,” said Kip Hawley TSA administrator according to a press release issued by the government agency. “By enabling our officers to focus on the greatest threats we are using our officers’ time and energy more effectively and increasing security for passengers.”

TSA collects more than 22,000 lighters a day throughout the country at its security checkpoints. The lighters represent a large percentage of the total number of items that are surrendered at security checkpoints. Continue reading