TSA Amends Rule Barring Lighters from Aircraft

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Travelers flying in and out of Colorado, and anywhere else in the country, will now be allowed to board airplanes without tossing their lighters -- as long as they're empty.

The Transportation Security Administration is amending its recent regulation barring all Zippo-type lighters from airline flights.

Zippo officials in Pennsylvania claimed the rule could burn up at least 30 percent of their sales.

The TSA now says lighters without fuel will be allowed in checked baggage. Zippo chief Greg Booth says the government has realized that a new, never-filled Zippo is NOT a security threat.

Zippo sells millions of the iconic lighters to collectors, who frequent conventions and swap meets.

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