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    http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=CqIkLueidDxmTyxzPyxrPB24 Lighters, matches banned on planes UPI - Monday, February 28, 2005 Date: Monday,
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      Lighters, matches banned on planes

      UPI - Monday, February 28, 2005



      Date: Monday, February 28, 2005 11:36:03 PM EST



      WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration
      announced Monday

      passengers will no longer be able to carry cigarette lighters onto planes.



      The ban, which goes into effect April 15, is in response to a congressional
      mandate in last year's

      Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.



      Lawmakers were concerned that lighters could be used to detonate improvised
      explosive devices, like

      those hidden in the sneakers of would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid.



      Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security David Stone said the move would
      close "a potential

      vulnerability in air travel security."



      The TSA ban applies only to carry-on bags, but the Department of
      Transportation considers lighters

      hazardous materials and prohibits them from being stowed in checked baggage.



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