The Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations forbid the carriage of butane or other flammable gas products on passenger aircraft. Do not pack any flammable gas torches in checked or carry-on baggage. Torches come in many shapes and sizes, but all may be dangerous. Even if you think your torch is empty, it may still contain flammable gas vapors that could ignite.
Micro torches, soldering tools, and utility lighters are powered by flammable gas in a lighter, other gas receptacle, or a built-in fuel tank. Many of these torches have electronic starters and some do not have safety devices to prevent accidental ignition. Micro torches have been known to catch fire or explode during loading aboard passenger aircraft.
Larger torches consist of a torch head (often with a self-igniting switch) attached to a 14-16 ounce container of flammable gas.
A violation of the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations can result in five years imprisonment and penalties of $500,000 or more. Refer to CFR49 parts 100-185 for requirements.
For Further Information
Hazmat information line: (800) 467-4922
If you would like to distribute an awareness brochure on this topic, please contact:Office of Security and Hazardous Materials
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