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United States authorities ban cigarette lighters for U.S.-bound air passengers

Iberia reminds all its customers planning to travel to the United States or Puerto Rico, including transit passengers, that new U.S. rules forbid…

Iberia reminds all its customers planning to travel to the United States or Puerto Rico, including transit passengers, that new U.S. rules forbid carrying cigarette lighters on the person or in hand luggage aboard aircraft. Cigarette lighters are already banned from checked luggage. The new rules come into force on April 14th, and will apply to Iberia flights to or from the Dominican Republic stopping at San Juan, Puerto Rico.



The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a government agency, has added cigarette lighters to this list of banned items included in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act that was signed into law in December, 2004.



The ban also applies to the sterile (passengers only) zones of airports in the United States and Puerto Rico.



U.S. authorities still permit air passengers to carry matches in hand luggage, but their inclusion on the list of banned items is now under study.

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