Lighter side of airport security

Editor:

On our way back to White Rock from Toronto, I was asked to open my carry-on bag for inspection.

Editor:

On our way back to White Rock from Toronto, I was asked to open my carry-on bag for inspection.

The trigger to the security alert was the two lighters in my bag.

The security officer said to me: “One lighter is for you, and one lighter is for me.”

So he confiscated one lighter out of my bargain at the corner shop, where I had acquired two lighters for the price of one.

I was somewhat stunned. Why can I board the plane with one but not two lighters? Besides I also had paper matches. Should there be a security risk in carrying two rather than one lighter on the plane?

I stood there somewhat dazed until the light came on and I called the security fellow back to explain the second lighter belonged to my wife.

I got the second lighter back.

It is certainly not the monetary value that prompted me to tell a lie – as my wife does not smoke and does not own a lighter – but what is this all about? We’re supposed to feel safe with this kind of antics?

Gerald Young, White Rock