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Airline Bans Lifted

" I think we are going backwards if we are going to let them in the plane again" says passenger Janie Ramos " I think we are going backwards if we are going to let them in the plane again" says passenger Janie Ramos
"It's for the safety of everyone, what's the price of the safety of ourself or myself or my children," says Sara Tijerina "It's for the safety of everyone, what's the price of the safety of ourself or myself or my children," says Sara Tijerina

After two years and more than 16 million lighters, a program to confiscate them at US airports is coming to an end.

After several studies and consultations, the transportation security administration, or TSA decided confiscating lighters has not improved security.

But some passengers are saying they feel uneasy about flying with fire. 

A TSA spokesmen we spoke with says confiscating lighters was time consuming and they would rather their officers focus more on present dangers such as improvised explosion devices.

But some passengers feel lifting the ban is a step in the wrong direction.

"We have gone to a point where we have done the best to try and keep our flights safe and now I think we are going backwards if we are going to let them in the plane again." Passenger Janie Ramos said.

Besides being time consuming, it was also expensive to take lighters from passengers, costing nearly four million dollars a year to destroy the material. Though one women we spoke with says she'd rather pay the money than allow lighters back on planes.

"It's for the safety of everyone, whats the price of the safety of ourself or myself or my children," Sara Tijerina said.

While controversy is stirring with this issue, parents we spoke with are happy about the other ban being lifted, breast milk. Mothers or fathers will now be allowed to carry on breast milk without a child being present. What comes as a big relief for parents.

Rita Bonin, traveling with small children said, "Theres nothing worse than being on the airplane and not being able to take care of your own child. And if you cant have formula or milk or something for them how are you suppose to do that. "

Both of these regulations will begin August 4th at all national airports.

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