June 21, 2009
Lighters often left on Japanese planes
Lighters may be forbidden on U.S. passenger planes but they are routinely left behind on domestic flights in Japan where they are allowed, officials say.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reports the Construction and Transport Ministry revealed Thursday its check of 511 planes turned up 76 lighters on or around the seats of 57 passenger planes.
Yomiuri Shimbun said each passenger is allowed to bring one lighter into the aircraft's cabin.