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Unabsorbed liquid (desk/table lighters, antique wick lighters), Absorbed liquids, butane (Zippo type lighters and disposable lighters)

Quantity Limitations: View our illustrated guide on Airline Passengers and Lighters.

Lighters that use liquid fuel but do not have an absorbent lining are forbidden.

Absorbed liquid and butane lighters are limited to one lighter per passenger in carry-on or on one’s person. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at planeside, any lighter in the carry-on must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.

On domestic flights in the U.S., up to two lighters can be placed in checked baggage if they are inside a special container meeting the requirements of a Dept. of Transportation (DOT) special permit. Major lighter manufacturers such as Prometheus and Zippo have secured these special permits. These DOT-approved lighter containers are available from retailers.

Butane torch lighters (a.k.a. blue flame lighters, jet flame lighters) are not allowed in the cabin by TSA security rules. However, in the U.S., they may be carried in a special DOT-approved container in checked baggage as described above.

Regulatory information: See the regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(2).

What to look for on the SDS: Carefully review the information in Section 2 (Hazards Identification) and Section 14 (Transportation) for specific information regarding the types of hazards present in this type of material, as well as specific information on the proper classification and transportation.

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