April 17 2005

Cigarette Lighters Banned From Airplanes

Ok, can someone explain the logic in this ban to me? Lighters are banned even from checked luggage….fueled or not! Fueled I can understand, but not fueled? And inside the plane no non-fueled either? I used to (and I new stress used to) to take my cigar lighter with me to Japan just to have a flame source. Oh well.

So that aside, the article says:

The genesis for the ban was Richard Reid, who tried unsuccessfully to light explosives hidden in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001. He used matches.

But the article goes on:

The ban does not include matches. Passengers still may carry aboard a plane up to four books of safety matches. Not allowed on planes are “strike anywhere” matches, which can be struck using any abrasive surface.

Ok, so the guy who inspired the ban used matches, so you allow people to still carry matches? How does that make ANY sense? It doesn’t. The article says they are not included in the ban because they can’t be detected. Well boo-freakin-hoo. One flame source is as good as another. You are allowed to carry up to 4 books of matches though. Sorry folks, but that will cause a pretty big flame if you ignite all 4 at once.

I understand the need for security after 9/11, but they are worry about such tiny things that do nothing but tick off the travellers. I am SO happy I don’t fly anywhere near as much as I used to.

And instead of even more bans, how about we concentrate on making the security screening more effective? I know…that would be silly.

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