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Lighters and Matches

Traveling with Lighters and Matches

Travel Restrictions based on Lighter and Match Type
Type Carry-On Checked
Safety Matches One match book permitted in carry-on baggage or on person Prohibited
Strike anywhere matches Prohibited Prohibited
Common lighter One common lighter permitted in carry-on baggage or on person Prohibited
Torch (Cigar) Lighter Prohibited Prohibited
Lighter fluid or lighter refill Prohibited Prohibited
Fueled lighter (Zippo) Prohibited Two fueled lighters per person are permitted only if transported in an approved case

Am I allowed to bring lighters or matches with me on my flight?

Certain lighters may now be transported in carry-on baggage. Although most lighters are banned from checked luggage, some are permitted under the terms of DOT Special Permits. Transporting these items in larger quantities, or transporting them as cargo, is still regulated under the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

If you have questions about transporting lighters or matches as cargo, or need more information about carrying lighters or matches in carry-on or checked baggage, please the Hazardous Materials Information Center at 1-800-467-4922.

Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017