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What is your experience with cigars at airports? I am taking a trip next week and decided to fly at the last minute. I’m worried about taking anything along now because I don’t want tsa touching or damaging anything. Worse yet, it is probably too late to buy a travel humidor at this point.
 

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Harbor Freight or Northern Tool retail should have the inexpensive tuff cases. I swear by them, just remember if you fly they need to have a screw type vent or it will be impossible to open after you land. You could drill a small hole in the case and just cover with tape if it comes down to it. Leave the cellos on if worried about your cigars being handled or put in a ziplock inside the traveldor. Don't bother bringing a lighter unless you want to take the chance it will be confiscated, can't have fuel in them regardless.
 
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I’ve had no issue. Agee with the lighter comment, unless it’s a soft light like a bic. You can bring a cutter without issue, i would probably put it in a checked bag. I’ve carried cutters on nearly every flight, but not worth the risk if you check bags.


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I hear that torches and cutters are hit and miss with TSA - I always check mine so it’s never been an issue. The one time I was flying without a check bag, I pre-cut my sticks at home and bought a cheap torch when I got there.

Cigars will be fine without humidity for a few days; if you’re worried about damaging them, you can always just stuff some in a box with a bunch of bubble wrap / paper towels / socks / crumpled pages from a CI catalog. Or ship them to your destination so they’re waiting for you when you get there
 
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Thanks for the info. @Boudie can you send a link to the cases you like? I checked out harbor freight and I’m not sure I see any screw top cases.

I’ll be sure to pre cut the cigars. I actually use matches at the moment. I had a Xicar and loved it but it broke on a move (my fault.). I went to buy another one and the lady talked me into a cheap junk brand that starts with V instead for some reason. It broke after about a year (their fault) so I bought another cheapo, same brand, and it started leaking butane (their fault). I discovered I prefer the burn from matches, but I’ll probably get another lighter for convenience eventually as long as it is a decent brand.
 

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No need tp pre-cut cigars. I have flown at least once a month for the past 10 years and have never had an issue with TSA and my cutter. Ever. it might be different with a scissors type cutter but my guillotine cutters have never even been given a second look.

As far as lighters, I carry cheap plastic torch lighters which are less likely to get picked up on the x-ray equipment by TSA. I still get one confiscated now and then but if I do I am only out $5. if it does get confiscated, I then go and buy another cheapie when I get to my destination.

If you cannot find a travel humidor, I would suggest going to Walmart and buying a small tupper. They also have cheap plastic torch lighters in the checkout lanes for around $5.
 
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I know the TSA website has a FAQ's page and they have a section on bringing smoking materials on flights. I know that torch lighters are a nogo either carry on or checked, you can always call ahead and check with the TSA supervisor at the airport you are traveling from for up to date info.
 

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Eagle torch lighters. If one gets seized, no big deal. If half of them only work for 3-4 refills, no big deal. $19 and I am pretty much set for lighters for 18 months minimum.

I put them in my carry on (maybe 40 times in the last 5 years) and have yet to have one seized.
 
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