All right, major political debates and geopolitical machinations aside for a moment, airport security guards will stop taking away our pocket lighters on August 4th! Woo hoo! “Taking lighters away is security theater,” said Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley. The ban was imposed by Congress in 2001 after Richard Reid tried to blow up a Paris-Miami flight by lighting explosives in his shoe with matches. But, Hawley said, there are other ways to detonate explosives, and confiscating travelers’ lighters hasn’t done anything to substantially improve airport security.
As a frequent traveler myself, I’ve lost many a lighter to our dear, diligent airport security checkpoints. Hurray, no more!
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