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What’s the deal with airport security and cigar accessories?

Q. I don’t fly very often these days, but I’m planning a trip soon.Is airport security lately OK with lightersand cigar cutters in carry-on baggage, or do I need to check a bag to bring these things with me?
– Dan C.in Bainbridge Island, WA

A. Even though they have let cutters pass through the security gate, I suggest you put your lighter in a checked bag as opposed to a carry-on. If you don’t have a checked bag, you may have to leave the lighter at home and buy a convenience store lighter when you get to your destination.

Here’s what I found on one of the TSA’s information pages: “TSA will no longer ban common lighters in carry-on luggage as of August 4, 2007. Torch lighters remain banned in carry-ons.”

After “the underwear bomber” incident, I would have thought all types of lighters would be banned on carry-on. But since you can put a torch lighter in your checked-bag, make sure it is completely void of fuel. You may also want to pick up one of those “TSA-approved” travel cases for lighters. I use one when I travel and never had a problem.

Click the link for detailed information on items prohibited by TSA.

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Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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