Keta From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 448 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3443 times:
Until today, you couldn't smoke on airplanes, but you could carry on your lighter. This will be prohibited from tomorrow.
According to Reuters, "the Transportation Security Administration, responding to a congressional order, said passengers cannot carry butane, battery powered or other lighters on themselves or in carry-on bags after April 14"
However, you still can carry matches with you, but that may also change: "The Transportation Security Administration is still considering a ban on matches"
And all this, of course, due to the possibility of a terrorist attack: "Proponents said it was necessary to reduce the chance that someone could ignite a bomb or incendiary device on a commercial flight"
Last week the regulations in the UK were actually eased, and sharp items like scissors were allowed back on board. The airlines are now also allowed to use proper metal cutlery again instead of plastic ones.
Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3821 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3399 times:
This is weird: While TSA searched my checked luggage last week and found a swiss army knife, (note: CHECKED luggage) the lady said something like "soon you won't even be allowed to take these into your checked luggage" or so.
All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
Hawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3288 times:
Quoting Keta (Thread starter): And all this, of course, due to the possibility of a terrorist attack: "Proponents said it was necessary to reduce the chance that someone could ignite a bomb or incendiary device on a commercial flight"
A little silly since most explosives can be detonated with a wrist watch, kind of like what was used on Philippine Airlines 434
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3192 times:
Lets see now, The US Government says we cannot take lighters on the plane with us BUT we can take matches....hmmmmmmm
And these are the same people we trust with our social security savings, right?
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3178 times:
Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 3): Do you know if matches will still be allowed/"permitted" onboard?
Some time ago, at MIA, I was carrying some "matches" in my luggage. I was advised by the security agent [the one who checked your luggage just after the counter] that they are forbidden. They took them away.
TA web site is announcing that the lighters are banned also.
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8319 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3148 times:
Another moronic law made by clueless people who unfortunatelly are in charge of our security. Apparently these guys don't know that most explosives that could be used on a plane, are detonated electronically. Just ask PanAm.
Keta From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3122 times:
Quoting Sjg (Reply 1): Last week the regulations in the UK were actually eased, and sharp items like scissors were allowed back on board. The airlines are now also allowed to use proper metal cutlery again instead of plastic ones
Wow that's good news! A month ago I flew MAD-BIO and they confiscated my scissors!!
Bridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 710 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3107 times:
Oh yay! Today should be a fun day at the ticket counter making all you corporate whores (yes that's what I call smokers.. they really are whores to corporations.. needlessly wasting money on something that is not even close to necessary for survival.. sorry, I don't hate smokers.. just the act of smoking!) throw out your lighters! Whew I am so not looking forward to it.. stupid TSA just keep people happy. Sure, we'd like to be safe, but you know, if everyone is protesting what you're doing, it seems like it's time to loosen up a little bit and let the American public take risks again.. hey it's what we want!
So anyway, throw away your lights now or leave them at home before coming to the airport today, I don't need you all causing a scene when you can't have your smokes in the airport terminal anymore! Better yet, just by a lighter beyond security.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
This is yet another case of our personal liberties being taken away by the Thousands Standing Around. When are we going to rise up and Ban the TSA?
I am not a smoker, but the idea of each liberty being taken away is getting me more and more angry. I did carry a lighter I got from Lacuna Coil last summer up in Michigan when I flew back to Florida, it was a souvenier one too and I would have been pissed if some ratboy TSA agent confiscated it. I am beginning to not buy into this terrorism stuff anymore. When Richard Reid tried to light his shoes in 2001, why didn't they do it back then? It would have made more sense instead of waiting until Mid 2005 to do it. This was never an issue before. Have any planes caught fire due to a checked lighter going off? I don't seem to remember any.
I do remember 9-11 before anyone tries to remind me of it, but it has gotten to the point where 9-11 is the excuse for every liberty being banned.