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Champagne In Hold Luggage  
User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 738 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Simple question: is it permissable to carry Champagne in hold luggage? I want to bring a nice bottle home from Belfast to London for Christmas and obviously can't take it in my cabin baggage, but wondered if the pressure would create problems if it were in my hold baggage.

Thanks

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User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

It wouldnt cause any problems in regard to pressure etc.........but dont bother because itll likely get broke, and if all your clothes get soaked in champagne the airline wont be liable, fragile and checked luggage dont go espeically at christmas.

Having just finished a 12 hour shift in a baggage office in DUB, I would also say dont put your christmas presents in your checked luggage.


User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26941 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I have taken bottles of Moet as gifts many times and never had any issues. Try to wrap it in clothes and also some bubble wrap to avoid breaking.

User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4678 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 1):
.but dont bother because itll likely get broke, and if all your clothes get soaked in champagne the airline wont be liable, fragile and checked luggage dont go espeically at christmas.

Actually, I've had several bottles of wine in my checked luggage over the years, as well as milk-cartons (don't ask), small bottles, cans etc, and nothing ever broke! Wrapping it properly is all you need to do.



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User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I brought 10x 1 litre bottles of Jägermeister from Germany back to the UK with no problems. Just make sure they're well wrapped, and there's no room for them to move around inside your case  Wink

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting BFS (Thread starter):
is it permissable to carry Champagne in hold luggage?

Yes.

Quoting BFS (Thread starter):
but wondered if the pressure would create problems if it were in my hold baggage.

No. Especially, glass bottles for sparkling wine / Champagne are manufactured pretty solidly, as they have to withstand serious pressure from the inside.
I have transported numerous bottles of sparkling wine and spirits as hold luggage (even before the ban to take them into the pax cabin, as I prefer to travel light) and never had problems.

Wrap a T-shirt or two around the bottle, put this into a plastic bag.
If you want to play absolutely safe, seal this bag with tape or by heatsealing.

Enjoy!

Quoting Hywel (Reply 4):
I brought 10x 1 litre bottles of Jägermeister from Germany back to the UK with no problems.

Now, that's what I call a shopping trip ! Big grin

-HT



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User currently offlineLNv22 From Norway, joined Mar 2008, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Never had any problems with champagne or wine bottles in my checked baggage.

Wrap your clothes around them and make sure there is no room for them to move around as Hywel says  Smile



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Oa260 (Reply 2):
I have taken bottles of Moet as gifts many times and never had any issues. Try to wrap it in clothes and also some bubble wrap to avoid breaking.

It's either that - and I've done this a couple of times myself - or package them separately. We once brought a couple of bottles of champagne (non-alcohol... for a pregnant friend of ours; disgusting stuff, but she wanted something at least resembling champagne for new years  Wink) with us to Mallorca. We had it in a separate box, bubble-wrapped, secured by many layers of tape and packaging material.



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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4930 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting BFS (Thread starter):
but wondered if the pressure would create problems if it were in my hold baggage.

The pressure in the hold is the same as the passenger cabins, and champagne/sparkling wines are carried and served all the time.



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User currently offlineWarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I would just worry it would get stolen. Most countries you are not allowed to lock your luggage now.


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Warren747sp (Reply 9):
Most countries you are not allowed to lock your luggage now.

Not really...

You just need to use approved locks. And even if you don't - you're still allowed to lock your baggage. You might get a bit of a hassle on occasion though.

I've never kept my bags unlocked - didn't change the fact that I found notes from the German "Bundesgrenzschutz" (or was it the "Zoll"? Not sure right now...) in my bags on several occasions, informing me that they had opened my suitcase and searched it, only to find everything in order which is why they had correctly closed and, yes, locked my suitcase again.

This also includes flights to the UK and the US.



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2796 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wrap it in bubble wrap and then some clothes and you'll be all set - parents did this a few months ago  Smile

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