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Can You Pack Alcohol In Checked Luggage?  
User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110550 times:

Hello,
I am traveling from MCI-S. Florida tomorrow afternoon and was wondering whether or not you are allowed to pack alcohol in checked luggage...

I am talking like a fifth of vodka for my parents from a trip I went on last month?

Is it legal or illegal? If I put it in my checked do I have to worry about it being removed?

(I don't want to carry it on because it is large)

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User currently offlineCheckraiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110543 times:

Legal

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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110543 times:

Quoting Deltadude8 (Thread starter):
Is it legal or illegal?

It's legal. I bring wine back from my travels all the time and if I check a bag that's where it goes.

Quoting Deltadude8 (Thread starter):
If I put it in my checked do I have to worry about it being removed?

Yes! Be worried. Especially if it's good stuff.



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User currently offlineVIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110537 times:

Not if you want it to stay in the bottle. I can't tell you how many times I've gone past baggage claim when the SJU or other Caribbean Flts have come in and as soon as the belt starts up the smell of rum and other exotic liqours fill the claim area.

Be safe man....carry it on board in your carry on bags.

VI



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User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 879 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110530 times:

Quoting VIflyer (Reply 3):
Be safe man....carry it on board in your carry on bags.

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i bring beer back with me from most trips. ALWAYS in my carry-on.



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User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110530 times:

thanks for the quick responses...have a good weekend

User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110530 times:

i'm 20 so tech. i can't carry it on...i'm underage...

User currently offlineAirlineAV8tr From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 191 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110523 times:

Quoting VIflyer (Reply 3):
Be safe man....carry it on board in your carry on bags

I agree. There's no reason to risk the hooch stacked under 1,000 lbs of baggage, or to risk it surviving a toss from cargo hold to ground. Either wrap it well, or carry it onboard. Have fun on your trip!



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110523 times:

Quoting VIflyer (Reply 3):
Not if you want it to stay in the bottle. I can't tell you how many times I've gone past baggage claim when the SJU or other Caribbean Flts have come in and as soon as the belt starts up the smell of rum and other exotic liqours fill the claim area.

I always wrap the bottles up in t-shirts or skivvies for some cushioning and protection. Don't worry, I wash them be serving them!

A fifth of vodka shouldn't be too heavy so carry it on board. It surely can't weigh more than my laptop and I drag that darn thing everywhere.



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110506 times:

When I travel to Trinidad I always being back two bottles of Vat 19 Rum in my checked bag. I have never had a problem, just declare it on your customs form.

User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110483 times:

I would carry it on unless it's open then it will not be allowed onboard

Hawk44



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User currently offlineMisbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 110483 times:

Quoting Deltadude8 (Thread starter):
wondering whether or not you are allowed to pack alcohol in checked luggage...

Sure you can - whenever I bring back a case of wine, I have it packed properly and check the whole case. No problem.

But if it's only a fifth, you may as well carry it. There's always a chance it will break or get kleptoed.


User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 110412 times:

A good question that most passengers probably fail to ask, or do not consider asking. I've provided a link to IATA's Dangerous Goods matix. Page 2 of the pdf highlights the conditions under which alcoholic beverages are permitted:

http://www.iata.org/NR/ContentConnec...ods/file/Table2.3.AEnglish2005.pdf



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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 110305 times:

It should serve as absolutely no problem at all. I have on several occasions packed booze both in my carry on and in the checked baggage. For us Swedes who have ridiculously high alcohol tax it's way way cheaper to bring home the legal amount (10L) from any other EU country that you visit.


When i went to spain two years ago i brought exactly 10L (12 separate large bottles i believe it was) of various liquors in my checked baggage. Needless to say my baggage was overweight but as i packed all individual bottles in two socks they all survived the flight. One of my friends was not as lucky though, he got his clothes soaked in a sweet sweet odour of Famous Grouse whiskey  Smile

I wouldn't pack that amount in the checked baggage again, it is pretty much a guarantee that something will break during on/off loading and the handling at the airport. But 1 or a few bottles should be absolutely no problem att all.


Happy transportation!


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 110269 times:

We normally bring back two or three bottles of wine/spirits in our bags. Just wrap them in a towel, put them in amongst the rest of your clothes (in the middle) and they're fine - never had a problem in 6 years!

Noel


User currently offlineNikeshashar From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 110235 times:

Go for it. IATA says take it with you. If there is a problem at the airport and they really don't let you..see what they say when u down it in front of the  Smile

LOL


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 110191 times:

Quoting Deltadude8 (Reply 6):
i'm 20 so tech. i can't carry it on...i'm underage...

What's the legal age in the US?  Wow!


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 110156 times:

Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 16):
What's the legal age in the US?

21. Has been that age in many parts of the country for 20+ years. The Federal government pretty much forced states to raise the legal drinking age to 21 or else those states would lose Federal highway funds to help maintain roads. Louisiana was the last state to raise the legal drinking age.


User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 110076 times:

carry it on, cause its lovely smelling vodka and wine the bagroom and mmmm leaky purple bags.


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 110045 times:

When I flew back from GSO,I took 2 bottles of Green Label Jack Daneils home in my checked luggage (with NW).


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User currently offlineAAgent From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 560 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 110010 times:

Deltadude8,
I would suspect that you're flying on Delta, given your user name. If so, I'm not sure as to Delta's rules, but I'd bet they'd be similar to American Airlines' rules as follows:

"Alcoholic beverages in retail packages may be checked as baggage or carried on board, but are limited to five liters per passenger providing that following conditions are met:

- The receptacle (bottle, can, etc.) does not exceed 5 liters.
- The alcohol does not exceed 70 percent by volume (140 proof).

Alcoholic beverages under 24 percent by volume (most beers and wines) are not restricted. Opened containers are only allowed if they are re-closed and packed properly. Customs regulations by country may limit the amount of alcohol you may be transport. Please check ahead of time to ensure that you are in compliance with these limits."


http://www.aa.com/content/travelInfo...n/baggage/restrictedArticles.jhtml

Best Regards,
AAgent



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User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 109998 times:

As long as the bottles are packed in something soft, like t-shirts, and placed into zip lock packs you should be OK.

I have 30+ TATL trips in last 8 years, I always put alcohol in the check-in baggage and I have had only one accident, when a beer bottle leaked a bit. But then I was bringing in 20 of them.

The biggest problem I ever had was on Slovakian-Austrian border when I was bringing in 10 bottles of hard liquer to the USA (departing from VIE). Austrians would not let me in. I had to convince them (in was in early May) that Slovakia was about to become the World hockey champion and my country men were waiting for the delivery. Then I asked them if they would not let Americans to decide if they wanted this alcohol in or not. So, the Austrians let me in.

Here in the USA I always make sure that I tell the custom official that I have liquer in my luggage. They always let me in without any problems, well except one case when I forgot to eat 2 apples on the plane. I had to surrender them  Smile So, please before you bring them apples here in the USA you need to make sure you liquify them  Wink



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User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 109991 times:

Thanks AAgent- they are very similar. Definetly note the customs regulations. You can be fined for bringing more than the limit in your luggage. Also- as it is a fragile item, I do believe that it is not covered by our baggage policy, in that we're not liable in the bottle breaks.


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User currently offlineSX36 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 109845 times:

How else do you get a fine Seattle microbrew like Red Hook to a barron wasteland like Grand Forks, ND?


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User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 109815 times:

Also you can buy a very nice leather wine bag to carry bottles in , I used to own one, which was perfect to carry two bottles of wine and a corkscrew. Just a reminder, is it still 1 bottle to bring into the US? Except from the US Virgin islands (5 lt.) , and last time I entered from Montreal they had 1.17 (?) liter bottles specifically designed just for border crossings.

25 Post contains images Byronsterk : The only place to get good russian vodka, is in russia.... the only good way to go to russia... by airplane. Yes, it's legal
26 MarshalN : Sorry to burst your bubble, but Red Hook, iirc, is now owned by one of the major brewers and is microbrew in name only. Back on topic, I think the ke
27 Halophila : So I have a question. What is the duty free limit for alcoholic beverages coming into the US? I ask because I've never seen a question relating to ho
28 Post contains images Rossbaku : Every time I come back from Azerbaijan, I always make a point of going out to the shop the night before I leave and buying vodka. On the last trip hom
29 Demoose : When I came back from Ibiza last summer we bought so many bottles of vodka to take home that we had to put alot of it in our checked luggage as it wou
30 Post contains links TK787 : So, here is the link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/dutyfree_exemption.xml So, I was right, you can only bring 1 lt. into the US in
31 Post contains images AJMIA : Just make sure it is not overproof. The Ground Security Coordinators at MIA are always removing overproof rum from passengers coming in from the Carib
32 N766UA : I brought back 4 bottles of wine from Italy in my carry-on luggage. Nobody cared. It's got a better chance of making the trip in carry-on anyway.
33 Tjc2 : lol! makes you wonder sometimes... enjoy, coop
34 Manchesteruk : i brought 4 bottles smirnoff ice double black in my hand luggage and 8 in my suitcase.... also 4 cans of jack daniels ,that was from perth all the way
35 AMS : 2 years ago I flew with 2 suitcases which had about 20 bottles of Wine in each of them from LAS-LAX-FRA-AMS......No problem and luckely I was not stop
36 Malaysia : Dont push your luck if the TSA has to open your bag, they may just unpack take the bottles and then the tshirts out then when done, they just put the
37 Rolfen : I know what they're doing with the rum... but with the spray starch and Raid...?
38 Moparman : I love real German beer, and not that stuff brewed for export you get here. I fill not only my suitcase, and my wife's suitcase with REAL beer, but al
39 N328KF : I have brought back crates of beer from Germany before. Just use a milk crate and tape it firmly in place, putting cardboard over the top of the bottl
40 Ckfred : If you walk around SFO on a Saturday or Sunday, you will see a lot of people with cardboard cartons bearing the names and/or logos of wineries in the
41 Sergeant655 : Some airports in canada do not allow it in checked luggage. it could break and leak everywhere ansd make a big mess. if the seal is broken it is not a
42 NorCal : Ok here is a scenario, I want to buy absinthe when I go to Europe (duty free if I can manage it). I want to bring it back to the states, but I am unde
43 BCBHokie : Just as an aside, stand your ground if TSA security tries to "confiscate" alcohol you're carrying onboard if you know it's legal. Had a huge hassle on
44 Joness0154 : Well, considering real absynth is a banned substance in the United States I would figure you'd have some more problems when you get caught with it at
45 YULWinterSkies : But you can't pack alcohol at all if you fly to Saudi Arabia for instance... Is it a question or an observation? Some scientific samples obey special
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