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Bic is back: Cigarette lighters allowed on U.S. flights again 

Jump to full article: Palm Beach (FL) Post, 2007-08-05
Author: LESTER J. DAVIS Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


And some, like Jim Pellegrini of Boca Raton, simply ignored the ban and instead tucked a lighter away in his pants pocket.

The ban on lighters "was a pain in my neck," said Pellegrini, who stood outside Palm Beach International Airport Saturday with a fresh cigarette between his lips.

The Transportation Security Administration decided to lift the ban starting Saturday because the "lighters are not a serious threat" anymore, according to the TSA's Web site.

The move will free "security officers up from fishing for 22,000 lighters every day" and enable "them to focus more on finding explosives, using behavior recognition, conducting random screening procedures and other measures" that deter terrorists, according to the Web site.

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