Travelling with Matches and Cigarette Lighters

Information for Passengers about Dangerous Goods

The following information is taken from the current edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Restrictions implemented by other countries in the interests of aviation security may further limit or forbid the carriage of some of the items listed in these pages.  Additionally, airlines and security screening agencies have the right to refuse the carriage of certain items.

Passengers must contact their airline in advance for clarification of the regulations, or when planning to travel with dangerous goods that require the airline’s approval when indicated in the table below.

Matches and Cigarette Lighters

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Lighter fuel and lighter refills 

These items are forbidden.

No

No

No

 

N/A

 

Small cigarette lighter

No more than one per person, intended for use by an individual and does not contain unabsorbed liquid fuel (other than liquefied gas).

Note: a 'Zippo' lighter that is fully absorbed in wadding i.e. an absorbed liquid lighter can be carried by passengers.

No

No

Yes

N/A

Small packet of safety matches

No more than one per person and intended for use by an individual.

No

No

Yes

N/A

‘Strike anywhere’ matches

These items are forbidden.

No

No

No

N/A