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BAN ON LIGHTERS BEGINS FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS

Buffalo air travelers were required to hand over 85 lighters Thursday, the first day of a nationwide ban on lighters in carry-on luggage.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Executive Director Lawrence M. Meckler said flyers gave up the lighters without incident as federal Transportation Security Administration officials enforced the new rule at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

"Some people might have been surprised, but there weren't any problems," Meckler said.

The genesis for the ban was Richard Reid, who tried unsuccessfully to use matches to light explosives hidden in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001.

Lighters, which have been barred from checked luggage, are now banned from commercial aircraft entirely.

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