Banning Matches and Lighters on Airplanes
According to the Washington Post:
When Congress voted last year to prohibit passengers from bringing lighters and matches aboard commercial airplanes, it sounded like a reasonable idea for improving airline security.
But as airports and government leaders began discussing how to create flame-free airport terminals, the task became more complicated. Would newsstands and other small airport stores located beyond the security checkpoint have to stop selling lighters? Would airports have to ban smoking and close smoking lounges? How would security screeners detect matches in passengers' pockets or carry-on bags when they don't contain metal to set off the magnetometers? And what about arriving international travelers, who might have matches and lighters with them as they walk through the terminal?
It's the silly security season out there. Given all of the things to spend money on to improve security, how this got to the top of anyone's list is beyond me.
Posted on March 4, 2005 at 3:00 PM • 41 Comments