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The torch, which is fuelled by propane, is used to carry the flame during each day's relays, when runners in the relay city carry it, mostly on foot.But there are several lanterns which are lit from the same source and they keep the flame alive at night or on aircraft when the torch is extinguished.For air travel, where open flames are not allowed, the flame burns in the enclosed lanterns, which act like miner's lamps.The torch, the lanterns and the team of attendants, plus other security, fly in a specially-chartered Air China plane bearing an Olympic flame design.The lanterns spend each night in a single hotel room with three guards - one of which must be awake at any time."Security people try their best to keep the flame safe," says a spokeswoman for the Beijing Organising Committee."The flame is always burning, whether on the plane or during the relay or overnight. It's kept in the hotel where the core operation team is staying."