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The Transportation Safety Administration wants flyers to remember that any item that looks like a firearm — even if it’s not a working gun — is not allowed on aircraft.
On Monday morning, TSA Public Affairs spokesperson, Lisa Farbstein warned passengers not to attempt to carry on an item like the one she tweeted a picture of: a lighter that resembles a small gun.
Farbstein’s account is almost solely devoted to objects that the TSA has confiscated. Most of the objects are pretty self-explanatory, like guns and brass knuckles. However, the almost 5-inch lighter was bound to provoke more questions. Even though certain lighters (disposable and Zippo lighters) are allowed to make it on board, this one was a no-go – and with good reason, too.
Although the object is not a weapon, Farbstein explained that the object had to be confiscated “because even replica firearms (regardless of their size) can cause a panic on an airplane.”
If you’re unsure about checking or carrying on an item, you can search it up on TSA’s website. If you have a more obscure question about traveling with your glow stick fluids or potted plants, you can always AskTSA on Twitter. You can almost guarantee, though, that if it could cause anxiety for other passengers, TSA won’t want it in the air. In the same way, dangerous items disguised as non-threatening ones (like the 3 million volt gun undercover as a lipstick) won’t make it past security either.
TSA’s goal is always to protect travelers at all costs, so try not to take it too personally if an agent has to confiscate your lucky lighter.
Feature image by Flying Colours Ltd / Getty Images.
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