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Champagne In Hold Luggage

Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:57 pm

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.

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shamrock321
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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:10 pm

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.
 
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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:14 pm



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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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:21 pm

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
 
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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:41 am



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

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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:53 am

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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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:07 pm



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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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:18 pm



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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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:35 pm

I would just worry it would get stolen. Most countries you are not allowed to lock your luggage now.
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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:15 am



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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RE: Champagne In Hold Luggage

Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:16 am

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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