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Lighters and Matches

Traveling with Lighters and Matches

Travel Restrictions based on Lighter and Match Type
TypeCarry-OnChecked
Safety MatchesOne match book permitted in carry-on baggage or on personProhibited
Strike anywhere matchesProhibitedProhibited
Common lighterOne common lighter permitted in carry-on baggage or on personProhibited
Torch (Cigar) LighterProhibitedProhibited
Lighter fluid or lighter refillProhibitedProhibited
Fueled lighter (Zippo)ProhibitedTwo 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