For those following the German airport Zippo saga, here’s the latest and I suspect final word all the way from Dee Dee, Marketing Assistant, Consumer Relations Department, Zippo HQ, Bradford, Pennsylvania:
Dear Mr. Scattergood:
Thank you for your email correspondence. We are sorry to hear about the problems you had with international airlines. The laws for carrying Zippo lighters on an airplane have changed here in the USA. You are now permitted to carry a filled lighter on board and you may carry one in your checked baggage if it is in a DOT approved case. I am not certain why the airport in Germany does not permit them. I will send you a complimentary insert for your Zippo lighter case. You should receive it in a few days.
..and my response:
Many thanks for your reply. Nobody knows why the Germans will not allow them and since writing I’ve been advised of others who have had similar Zippo related problems in Germany. I just thought it was something you guys might like to pick up with the German authorities as they seem to be the only European nation picking on your product.
Thanks for sending the insert. I’ll give it a try although last time I tried it was never really the same lighter afterwards. Perhaps I did something wrong because I have heard from others that re-stuffing works fine.
That’s assuming the insert ever arrives given the random nature of Poczta Polska. Something very non-ecological about shipping a fluffball of cotton wool from Pennsylvania to Warsaw but if it makes them feel they’ve kept a customer happy….. If Zippo aren’t interested in why a nation is branding their product as a potential terrorist threat then I’m not going to waste my time on it.
So there this thrilling chapter ends!
By the way, I am painfully aware that 12 days between posts is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH!! Sorry!