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Interpretation Response #09-0280 ([#2075 Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal] [Mr. Changsik Ko])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: #2075 Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal

Individual Name: Mr. Changsik Ko

Country: KR

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

January 19, 2010





Mr. Changsik Ko

United Airlines c/o

Incheon Customer Service

#2075 Incheon International Airport

Passenger Terminal

2851 UnSeo-Dong, Joong-Gu

Incheon, South Korea

Ref. No. 09-0280

Dear Mr. Ko:

This responds to your e-mail to Ms. Janet McLaughlin of the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Hazardous Materials regarding the applicability of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) to "empty" or "new" lighters carried aboard an aircraft by a passenger or crew member. You ask if the regulatory requirements apply equally to new, unused or empty unpressurized wick-style (e.g., Zippo©) and refillable type lighters.

The answer is yes. Under §172.102(c)(1) Special Provision 168 of the HMR, a lighter that is new, unused or is cleaned of all residue and purged of vapors is not subject to the HMR. This applies whether the lighters are carried aboard on one's person or placed in checked baggage. Additionally, because the lighters are not subject to the HMR, there are no restrictions on the number that may be carried aboard on one's person or in their checked baggage.

I trust this satisfies your inquiry. Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.


Hattie L. Mitchell

Chief, Regulatory Review and Reinvention

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.101 Purpose and use of hazardous materials table