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TSA Rules About Liquor In Airports?  
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6960 times:

Hey guys.. quick question for ya. I'm planning on bringin' a small bottle of Crown with me to the airport tomorrow to avoid paying the outrageous airport prices. I'm not too worried about getting caught or anything. But I thought I'd cover my bases, does anyone know the regulations/rules about having liquor in the airport terminal? Specifically, if the TSA sees it on the x-ray, are they going to raise a stink about it?

Thanks guys!
Steve

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User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6948 times:

The booze must be un-opened.

Sure hope you do not plan on drinking on board a flight with your on bottle.

It is a good way to get in a lot of trouble.



User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1130 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6934 times:

BCA,

You shouldnt have a problem getting it in if its unopened, but drinking onboard could be asking for some trouble.

The FAR's do specify that the only alcohol that can be drank onboard of an aircraft is that served by the operator, ie the airline. At a minimum if you are caught you are going to piss off the FA's, the maximum, probably a fine of some sort.

GreatChecko



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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6934 times:

oh yeah? I've done it before with mini-bottles, no problem. But I didn't get mini's this time. So what would they do to me if they caught me with it? Is there any problem with me drinking it in the terminal?

Steve


User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1130 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6910 times:

BCA,

The only thing that I could see about drinking at the airport would be specific municipal laws regarding alcohol in public. Im guessing you wont be stumbling down the terminal taking swings, so I BET nothing will happen, especially if you simply add it to a drink you buy.

On board, the usual FAA penalty for a noncertificate holder is a fine. They can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.

Realistically, will you get fined if you get caught? I'm no expert, but I havent heard of anyone getting fined for simply bringing a drink on board (now drunkeness is a different story). I guess my advice would be to use your best judgement and see if you can feel out the FA's moods.

Happy Flying!

GreatChecko



"A pilot's plane she is. She will love you if you deserve it, and try to kill you if you don't...She is the Mighty Q400"
User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6841 times:

No problems bringing alcohol through the security checkpoint. As for drinking in the terminal or plane (as mentioned above it is not allowed but many people do)...common sense should prevail. As long as you aren't belligerent or causing a scene chances are good that nobody will bother you.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6829 times:

When in flight, ask the FA for a cup of ice. Pour your Crown over the rocks and I am sure they wont notice.


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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6826 times:

ok.. sounds good. Thanks again guys!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Steve


User currently offlineJetjeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

Whats to keep some nut from takeing PGA or vodka And makeing a molitov Cocktail?? That stuff burns


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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1650 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6723 times:
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Ask the FA for some 7 up and make a 7 & 7.

I have seen people bring their own bottles on board and make drinks for themselves. If you bring some and make your drink without the FA seeing you pour the booze, your safe, just don't overdo it and get drunk.

Also remember that the cabin altitude is about 6500 feet and altitude has an affect of absorption so the term getting high has more than one meaning. If you are going to drink on a airplane, do so in moderation, especially if you have to drive after the flight.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6616 times:

Hand the Crown to the FA and ask her to "serve" it to you!  Nuts


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineLegendDC9 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6608 times:

"Specifically, if the TSA sees it on the x-ray, are they going to raise a stink about it?"


only if you don't share.


User currently offlineTwinotter From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6520 times:

I don't know the TSA's rules on the subject. That said, I have carried a partially-consumed bottle of liquor in my carry-on bag numerous times. So far the TSA has not commented on it.

(I do not drink from that bottle on the airplane.)


User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1650 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6493 times:
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If the bottle is all plastic, it hardly shows up on the e-ray. If the TSA does spot it and it is already opened, they will confiscate it. Opened bottles are a violation of the FAR's.

I find it ironic that you can legally carry an unopened bottle on board which you then can unobserved open and use on the airplane, but cannot carry an opened bottle.


User currently offlineKateAA From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 89 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6491 times:

For those who has suggested making your own drinks in the sky, good luck with that!

If anyone asks me for a cup of ice I always keep an eye on what's going on, this is one of the oldest tricks in the book (for PAX at least).

I really would not recommend making your own drinks onboard.

Kate.


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5272 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 6412 times:

I know TSA has no problem with alcohol, since I've carried wine that I've bought on trips through security. Think about SFO and how many people carry wine that they've bought in Napa and Sonoma Counties.



User currently offlineJetboyflyhi From France, joined Oct 2004, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 6402 times:

The TSA has no problem.... But you will end up with a fine or even jail time if you choose to ASK THE FA FOR A CUP OF ICE.......Also we as FA's can smell the use of illegal alcohol consumpsion quit well and more so if we have not servered YOU alcohol ........My Opinion give the unopened bottle to the FA and let them serve you your "special holiday beverage' SmileCHEERS!!!!!!!!


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