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Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

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Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

Although it will take an act of Congress (literally), the head of the TSB has proposed lifting the ban on lighters carried onboard US domestic aircraft. He stated the inspectors are spending far too much time looking for lighters when they should be looking for silly things like bombs and weapons.

I am a smoker and hate that I have to trash something I paid for LEGALLY just to avoid delays at security. Moreover it does seem stupid at best to spend so much time and effort looking for something that has no relevent risk to others.

Just a thought.

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Leeds, UK
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1. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

I agree with you, especially as it's such a long flight from the UK and gets so frustrating at the other end when you find somewhere you can smoke a cigarette, but have no immediate means to light it!

Upstate, New York
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2. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

It's annoying to say the least. I believe I heard that they take on Avg. about 30,000 lighters per day in the US. Do that math since 9-11-01. I always wonder what happens to this many lighters after they are lifted from people.

Unfortunately in order to pass thru Congress may require just abit too much common sense for it to make it.

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3. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

DOC: If that many are being taken at security, wouldn't that make sales even better, to replace those taken? Anyway, you are allowed 2 or 3 match books...I put those in my carry-on and never have a problem...In years past, I collected matchbooks from every hotel/casino in Vegas and Reno and have hundreds, or more...many from those now closed..can't do that anymore..I think the policy resulted from the idiot that tried to set his shoe on fire...

Brooklyn, New York
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4. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

I just packed my lighters in my checked baggage in my makeup case and brought a matchbook for lighting up at Mccarran. No problems!

Toronto, On Canada
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5. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

I have travelled several times to Vegas from Canada and not once have they found my lighter in my purse. they go through my purse but for some reason never find them..on the other hand my Mom's matches have been taken away from her several times. go figure

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6. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

A lot of the things that are banned don't make sense to me. Our first trip after 9-11, my husband had a money clip with a very small blade on it that he used to clean his fingernails. We had our choice of mailing to ourselves or letting them keep it. I believe I could have done more harm with the ball point pen I had in my purse.

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7. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

On one of my trips from EWR last year they had a table near security with a sign on it reminding people they could not take lighters on the plane. There must have been 50 lighters left on the table. If they had positioned the table better the people coming off the plane would have been able to take one (or more) lighters. It seemed like a great solution to the lighter problem. But I never saw the table again on my other trips.

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8. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

I once got yelled at by TSA for having my cellphone and keys in my carry on. They x-rayed it and said they could not see what it was and asked why I put them in there. I could see the x-ray and it looked like keys and a cellphone. I said I put them there because I was going through a metal detector and I thought that is where I should put them. I have no clue why and I am nice to them. Funny I had lighters in the bag and they said nothing about those.

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9. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

Now this is no problem for me since I quit 5 years ago. But here is an idea when you hit security drop off a lighter when you get to your destination pick one up. Now we are making sense and then at McCarran at the United terminal go past the food court and to the left is the smoking booth YEA BABY!!!!

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10. Re: Bic to see losses in lighter sales?

I smoke and travel at least twice a month via airlines. It is no problem getting a BIC lighter through security, never been found yet. All you have to do is put it in your pocket with no other metal objects. When you go through security, empty all metal out of your pockets, take belt off, and walk through the metal detector. No Problem. If they do find it, just leave it behind and off you go.