On person
Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can take one lighter with you onto the plane, they can include:

  • A gas lighter is allowed if it has two independent actions to activate ignition. Bic type lighters are compliant as they require the red button to be pushed down and the rotation of the spark wheel to generate a flame; or
  • A lithium powered lighter, such as laser-plasma, tesla coils, flux and arc lighters, is allowed if it has a means to prevent accidental activation e.g. safety cap.

Survival firelighters are not restricted as they do not contain fuel and do not in themselves generate a flame.

What are the restrictions?

  • Keep your lighter on your person at all times you are on the plane.
  • Do not pack it your carry-on or check-in bags.
  • Do not use your lighter on a plane.
  • Blue flame lighters, known as cigar lighters, are not to be taken on a plane, leave them at home.
  • Large lighters, including those designed to light BBQs, are not to be taken on the plane
  • If you take a lighter you cannot also take matches

Why is this item restricted?

The number and size of lighters are restricted as they contain highly volatile fuel that has low combustion thresholds to limit the harm to passengers and crew if they were to be damaged.

Blue flame lighters are forbidden due to the intensity of the heat they generate. They operate like a small blow torch.

What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point, and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.

What if my items are removed?

If you want to retrieve an item that has been removed, please contact your airline as soon as possible. The airline will dispose of items within three to seven days, so the sooner you make contact, the better your chance of having the items returned to you. For more information, see:

Retrieving your removed items