In an Interpretive Rule published today in the Federal Register, the TSA has added lighters to the list of items that are prohibited in airport sterile areas, in the cabin of aircraft, or in passengers’ checked baggage. Apparently the TSA is also considering including matches on the list of prohibited items in the future. Gee, I feel so much safer with this rule in effect. Although I would probably feel safer still if the TSA went further and prohibited sticks that could be rubbed together as well.
This Interpretive Rule is effective today. If you would like more information regarding this enhancement of aviation security, you may contact Clint Fisher, TSA-9, Transportation Security Policy, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-4220; telephone (571) 227-2621.