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Sunday, 07 July 2013

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Unless you’re a multimillionaire, the days of luxurious, decadent air travel are over. Most of us face one problem after another when we have to fly aboard the current cattle-cars-in-the-air. Not only are we crammed into tiny seats and tossed a sack of peanuts instead of a meal, we have to plan ahead to make sure all of our belongings make it to our destination when we do.  If you plan on taking your cigars with you then make sure you read this before heading out on a vacation.

 

 

 


Since 9/11, TSA agents have had carte blanche to harass passengers and confiscate anything they deem suspicious, or would like to take home with them. That means packing carefully in hopes of keeping your stuff away from their sticky little fingers.

As a cigar lover, you naturally want to take a few sticks along when you go on vacation, but there are some tips we’ve learned from experienced travelers on how to get to your destination with your collection and accessories intact.

What to carry, what to check

If you’re the kind of traveler who prefers to avoid the inevitable brawl at the baggage carousel after your flight by packing everything in your carryon, you’ll have to make a change when you bring your cigars along. While the stogies and the container you pack them in are welcome on the plane, your lighter and cutter are not. Both will have to be tucked into your checked baggage or risk confiscation by the TSA. You don’t want one of those jerks making off with your favorite lighter, do you?

 



To make things even more confusing, some cutters can make it through security, while others can’t. The TSA currently permits scissors with blades under four inches, so your scissor cutter should make it through. Of course, you never know when the TSA will decide to change the rules, so good luck with that.

A punch or V-cutter may be permitted but a guillotine-type cutter is certain to raise a red flag, so don’t even try it. Unfortunately, enforcement of TSA regulations tends to be maddeningly arbitrary, based on whether your agent is having her period or if his girlfriend put out last night. If in doubt, check the cutter.

 



Even if you hate the idea of dragging along a bag that has to be checked, you’ll need one for the “contraband” items, so you might as well stash your heavier or bulkier stuff in there, too, instead of dragging them around the airport and having to heave them into the overhead compartment.

Other items of smoking paraphernalia that must be checked include torch lighters and butane. Torch lighters may not be packed in checked luggage, even in an approved container. While you’re allowed one book of paper matches, stick-type matches are banned. All matches are prohibited in checked baggage. And since liquids over three ounces aren’t allowed in your carryon, you can’t bring your humidification solution, propylene glycol or distilled water for the humidor either.

Don’t even think of trying to hide the lighter and/or cutter inside your carryon. They X-ray everything these days and will probably catch them. You don’t want to be labeled a terrorist and dragged off by airport security, do you?

If you are feeling brave and thinking of trying to sneak some items on the plane you need to reconsider and play it safe.  Its not worth the risk.






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0 # RE: You Need To Read This Before Traveling with Your Cigarsorca99usa 2013-07-20 14:13
This passage seems contradictory: "Other items of smoking paraphernalia that must be checked include torch lighters and butane. Torch lighters may not be packed in checked luggage, even in an approved container."

You say that torch lighters must be checked, then say that they can't be packed in checked baggage. Which is it?

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+1 # RE: RE: You Need To Read This Before Traveling with Your Cigarsvincecontinenza 2013-07-28 18:30
I dont think you are permitted to bring torch lighters on the plane, even in your checked baggage...


Right from the TSA Site

Torch Lighters - Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit) and more intense than those from common lighters. Torch lighters are often used for pipes and cigars, and maintain a consistent stream of air-propelled fire regardless of the angle at which it is held. Torch lighters continue to be banned.

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0 # RE: You Need To Read This Before Traveling with Your CigarsTSA Supervisor 2013-08-04 23:07
You're 100% wrong. Cigar cutters ARE PERMITTED in carry-on. Regular bic lighters are OK too. Butane torch lighters are not, but that is a FAA regulation, NOT TSA. Read any web site that sells them, "Due to FAA regulations, all butane lighters must be shipped via ground transport." FAA, NOT TSA. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items
Scroll down to "Flamable Items" it says COMMON LIGHTERS OK IN CARRY-ON.
http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/assets/pdf/interpretive_rule_lighters.pdf
Scroll down to Prohibited Items Interpretation. II. PERMITTED ITEMS. "For purposes of 49
U.S.C. 40101
et seq.
and 49 CFR 1540.111,
TSA does not consider the items on the
following lists as weapons, explosives, and
incendiaries because of medical necessity or
because they appear to pose little risk if, as
is required, they have passed through
screening. Therefore, passengers may carry
these items as accessible property"
A. Medical and Personal Items. (2) CIGAR CUTTERS.
Black and white, straight from their own list.

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