Packing Booze: Airline Liquor Regulations
March 22, 2012
How much alcohol can you bring in your luggage? For most American airlines, the limit is five liters of spirits, and unlimited quantities of wine and beer (and other alcohol beneath 24% ABV). In fact, that's the general rule of the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration, of the United States. Their policy states:
Traveling with Special Items
Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag.
With the exception of medications, any amount of liquid including alcohol greater than three ounces must be packed in your checked baggage.
Liquids, including alcohol purchased after clearing the security checkpoint are permitted aboard aircraft.
Carrying Alcohol in Your Checked Baggage
Please note, you can’t take alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol content (140 proof), including 95% grain alcohol and 150 proof rum, in your checked luggage.
You may take up to five liters of alcohol with alcohol content between 24% and 70% per person as checked luggage if it’s packaged in a sealable bottle or flask.
Alcoholic beverages with less than 24% alcohol content are not subject to hazardous materials regulations.
I wanted to see how much variance there was in this rule so I looked up the rules for a bunch of airlines. The American ones were forthcoming but the European ones were not so helpful. This is likely because every country has their own rules on importation of alcohol, with many only allowing one liter per person into the country.
And when you're ready to pack it, here's my Guide to Packing Bottles in your Luggage.
Anyway, here are the alcohol policies for several major airlines.
Alcohol or Liquor Products
If the alcohol or liquor was purchased after going through the security checkpoint, some amounts and proofs are allowed onboard as checked or carry-on baggage, as long as it adheres to these guidelines:
- Alcohol content may not exceed 140 proof
- Up to 5 liters of alcohol per person between 48 and 140 proof is permitted
- Alcohol under 48 proof is not considered hazardous and is permitted
- Any alcohol must be in its original retail packaging to be permitted onboard the plane
- If the alcohol is purchased before going through the security checkpoint, our security rules apply for carry-on or checked baggage.
Alcoholic beverages in retail packaging may be carried as checked baggage.
For alcoholic beverages less than 24 percent alcohol by volume (including most wines and beers) there are no restrictions on the amount that may be accepted in checked baggage or purchased after completing security screening at the checkpoint (duty free). If traveling internationally, alcoholic beverages may be subject to customs limitations in the arrival country and transporting alcoholic beverages may be subject to country regulations.
For alcoholic beverages between 24 and 70 percent alcohol by volume there is a limit of five liters (1.3 gallons) per customer that may be accepted in checked baggage, or that may be purchased after completing security screening at the checkpoint (duty free). Packaging must be in receptacles smaller than 5 liters. Alcoholic beverages consisting of more than 70 percent alcohol by volume will not be accepted.
All alcoholic beverages must be packed to prevent breakage. United shall not be liable for breakage or spillage of alcoholic beverages. Normal checked baggage allowance limits, excess fees and carry-on limits apply.
Up to 3.4 oz. (100 ml) of an alcoholic beverage may be taken through the security checkpoint, provided it is less than 70 percent alcohol by volume, in a container that is 3.4 oz. or smaller, and is carried in a plastic zip-top bag.
If you are flying to the U.S. and have a connecting flight, even duty free liquids that meet U.S. requirements will not be permitted through U.S. security checkpoints. If you have a connecting flight, liquid duty free purchases must be placed in your checked baggage. Since you will be required to reclaim your checked bags prior to passing through customs inspection, you can place duty free liquids into your bags and recheck it for your connection.
Note: Alcohol transported on an airplane cannot be consumed on board.
Under 70 Percent by Volume
Example: Most beer and wine products or other alcoholic beverages in retail packaging.
Allowed For Travel?
Checked baggage - yes
Over 70 Percent by Volume
Example: Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof
Allowed For Travel?
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 transport. Please check ahead of time to ensure that you are in compliance with these limits.
Limited to 5 liters per passenger for beverages 24-70 percent by volume.
Southwest allows alcohol to be carried in checked luggage under the following conditions.
- Alcohol (wine and liquor) must be in the original unopened container with the manufacturer's label when transported in or as checked baggage.
- The maximum quantity of liquor that may be transported in or as checked baggage on Southwest Airlines is five liters per Customer. Wine is not subject to the five-liter per Customer limitation.
- Alcohol content may not exceed 70% by volume (140 proof).
- Alcohol (wine and liquor) in checked baggage must be securely packaged in a leak-proof bag with adequate professional packaging designed to fit the proportions of the bottle to prevent breakage.
- Alcohol (wine and liquor) accepted as checked baggage must be contained within a corrugated box secured with sealing tape. The contents must be packaged in a leak-proof bag with professional packaging designed to fit the proportions of the bottle to prevent breakage.
- Liquor and wine packaging is available for sale at Southwest Airlines ticket counters for $5.00 per unit.
- Southwest Airlines does not accept liability for breakage of liquids or fragile items in checked luggage even if transported in special packaging purchased from Southwest Airlines.
- Packaging purchased at Southwest Airlines ticket counters is intended for liquor or wine placed inside checked baggage only.
- Professional packaging by alcohol and wine suppliers (e.g., cruise lines, wineries, duty-free shops) is acceptable as long as the contents have adequate cushioning and the packaging prevents leakage.
- All alcohol (wine and liquor) is subject to TSA screening.
ALASKA AIRLINES [website]
There is no restriction on the amount of alcohol you may pack in your checked luggage, provided it contains under 24% alcohol by volume (e.g. beer and wine). Alcohol greater than 24% up to and including 70% (140 proof) is allowed with the following restrictions:
- Up to five liters of alcohol per package
- Up to five liters of alcohol per person
- Must be in retail packaging
Alcohol over 70% (140 proof) is prohibited.
Alcohol restrictions, such as prohibiting the possession of alcohol, vary from city to city in the state of Alaska. We recommend verifying the laws and regulations of each city in your travel itinerary. See the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board website for more information.
For international travel, please check each country's customs requirement for import and export.
AIR FRANCE [website]
How much alcohol can I take on board the plane?
The transport of alcohol is subject to new safety regulations regarding liquids. You should use a transparent plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 liter to carry all alcohol containers. No individual container should have a capacity of over 100 ml. Please read the special rules for duty-free items purchased on board or at the airport. in the "transporting liquids section".
British Airways [website with link at PDF of rules]
(Permitted in luggage) Alcoholic beverages, when in retail packagings, containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume in receptacles not exceeding 5L, with a total net quantity per person of 5L.
Singapore Airlines [No info on website so I contacted customer service. It was a nice response but ultimately doesn't help in planning.]
"In reference to your enquiry, please inform the check-in staff that you have alcoholic beverages in your check-in bag. Alcoholic beverages must be packed properly to prevent breakage or spillage. We would like to share with you that whilst all airlines accord special handling to fragile items, we cannot guarantee their condition upon arrival as substantial movements can be created in the aircraft’s baggage containers during take-off and landing.
For this reason and due to the nature of the item, our liability for the damage of fragile items is excluded under our General Conditions of Carriage. Some passengers purchase travel insurance covering them against such eventualities.
Please check with the arrival country regarding the regulation and limitation of bringing alcoholic beverage into the country.
Kindly access the following TSA links for more information.
Thank you for the opportunity to correspond, Mr English."
Lufthansa [pdf link here thanks to reader Liya for finding it]
• In retail packaging, containing more than 24% but not more
than 70% alcohol by volume
• In receptacles not exceeding 5 litres (90 fluid ounces = 5 qt)
• Total net quantity of 5 litres per passenger
Note: Alcoholic beverages containing 24% or less alcohol by volume
are not restricted, including small barrels of beer (party kegs) as they
are not under high pressure. This does not include pressurised barrels
or bottles with carbon dioxide or similar gas, as used in gastronomy.
Croatia Airlines [link here thanks to reader Liya for finding it]
When in retail packaging containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume, in receptacles not exceeding 5 L, with a total net quantity per person of 5 L.
The approval of the carrier(s) is required: No
Permitted on one's person: Yes
Permitted in or as carry-on (cabin) baggage: Yes
Permitted in or as checked baggage: Yes
I DID NOT FIND INFO FOR...
China Southern Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Bottle Transport Bags and Tools
Some commercial products are meant to take care of the padding and bagging. Most have bubble wrap interior, though some have absorbent material like diaper material. Then most have an outer bag that seals so that even if the bottle leaks or breaks it will all be captured inside. One friend said he used a boating dry bag.
I have not tried the below brands/products, but a few brands available are:
- Wine Mummy
- Jet Bags
- Wine Diaper
- Wine Hug
- Oenophilia Inflatable Travel Sleeve
- True Fabrications Bottle Bubble Wine Traveler
- Wine Skin Wine Bag
- Safeguard Bottle Protector
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Very useful article any idea about British Airways?
Posted by: DB | March 22, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Thank you for this handy info. We will be traveling by air to our first Tales of the Cocktail this summer, and I'm sure we will want to bring home some special bottles of spirits.
Posted by: Beth Evans-Ramos | March 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Thank you for setting this up. I am glad I didnt blow my money trying to take it to the states.
Posted by: Emmit | September 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Are there any state rules that prohibit transport of alcohol over state lines? I've been told that I can't check a case of wine for a flight from California to Pennsylvania due to Penn's state laws. Can't find anything that specifically confirms or denies it. The PA control board site is not very helpful.
Posted by: KarenT | November 30, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Hmm, good question. Most of the laws about interstate commerce (shipping booze) seem to be to support local businesses, but I don't know if they apply to transport over state lines for personal use.
Posted by: Camper English | November 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I finally updated this page with British Airways liquor regulations.
Posted by: Camper English | December 08, 2012 at 10:03 AM
If I'm travelling from Jamaica to Brazil via AA, with a layover in Miami for a few hours, does the 5 liters per person limit still apply?
I'm asking this because the limit to enter Brazil is 12 liters per person.
Thanks in advance!
Posted by: Eduardo Sette Camara | January 14, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I'm not positive, but here is my guess: If you don't have to go through US customs then I think you will be fine. If your flights are all on one reservation then I think your luggage should be automatically transferred from one flight to the next and thus you'd be ok. I would contact the airline and ask though.
Some friends recently traveled through the US and had to give up their Cuban rum even though they weren't staying in the US, but I'm not sure if they had 2 separate flights or one reservation.
Posted by: Camper English | January 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I can't seem to find anything for Aer Lingus. My husband and I are visiting Ireland in June and would love to bring some whiskey home with us. Do you happen to have any info for that?
Posted by: Ashley | February 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM
must i be 21 if i want to take a bottle of bacardi from texas to miami? will they card me? what happens if i get caught etc...?
Posted by: Michael | March 07, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Unfortunately I don't see anything from Aer Lingus either. However the TSA permits 5 liters of hard alcohol in your luggage and unlimited wine. I've added the general TSA rule in the post above.
However I've noticed when I've landed in certain states (I want to say New Mexico but can't recall) - they had a sign stating you couldn't bring more than one bottle into the country.
That said most of the whisky you can get in Ireland you can get in the US. Rumor has it that Green Spot (the one most people tell you to seek) will be available in the US by then.
But maybe something from Kilbeggan...
Posted by: Camper English | March 08, 2013 at 04:42 PM
21 is the drinking age in the US, so transporting a bottle while underage is probably not permitted. I'm not sure whether it's legal to posses alcohol while underage, or only to consume it, but that's more a question about drinking age rather than travel. Sorry I can't help.
Posted by: Camper English | March 08, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Did you ever find out what Brazil's import limit is? Heading there in a couple of weeks.....
Posted by: Fabian Nodal | April 09, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I am traveling from Denver to Monkton, NB, Canada via Montreal. Can I buy duty free liquor in MOntreal when I change planes and then CARRY it on the plane to Monkton? Air Canada is the airline.
Posted by: Peta | April 10, 2013 at 08:47 PM
It sounds like you'll be able to purchase liquor in Montreal. It's only when you change planes or bring above the legal amount at your destination that it's a problem.
Posted by: Camper English | April 11, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Hello, i need an advice pls. I want go in Romania and as a present for my dad i want buy a bottle of Jack Daniel, can you tell me if i can bring in my luggage and if i must pay for it?
Posted by: Simona Oana Blais | July 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM
- The rules about transporting alcohol are determined by your airline.
- The rules about bringing alcohol into a country are determined by that country.
That said, for most airlines and in most countries it is permitted to bring one bottle without any problems or need to pay taxes.
Posted by: Camper English | July 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Have you found anything for Spirit Airlines?
Posted by: Alex | November 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM
I didn't find anything for Spirit even after searching their site.
Posted by: Camper English | November 22, 2013 at 01:18 PM
I'm glad I came across this article. I'm currently in an e-mail battle with South African Airways. I recently flew them from Cape Town to New York and had two cases of wine as checked baggage. One box was a standard 12-pack case. The other box was two 6-packs taped together. When I was checking in they were going to deny the 12-pack as luggage. It took a supervisor to come over and point out the obvious mathematical equivalence of the two boxes.
I decided to send an e-mail when I got back to the States since it would have been a major inconvenience had they denied either case of wine. I also pointed out that upon arrival at JFK I saw ten to twenty 12-pack cases at baggage claim, so clearly if there was a rule it was not being enforced uniformly.
Long story short, I've been in an e-mail battle with their customer service about the interpretation of IATA regulations. Their latest response (from a "team leader") is:
"We, are regulated by IATA and in TABLE 2.3.A, Provision for Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers or Crew (Subsection 2.3) states: Alcoholic beverages, when in retail packaging, containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume, in receptacles not exceeding 5L, with a total net quantity per person of 5L. Regrettable your allowance for alcohol cannot exceed 5L, even though the alcohol percentage in it is less than 24%."
It would be one thing if they said that they have a stricter rule than IATA. I understand that the airlines can have stricter enforcement. But time after time they say that they are governed by IATA and that 5L is the limit on wine. I am CERTAIN that they are misinterpreting that reg since the reg says that it applies to 24% to 70% a.b.v. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere on the IATA website that clarifies or states definitively that liquor LESS than 24% a.b.v. is NOT subject to the 5L limitation.
Do you have any pointers or better insight into IATA that could help me convince the nice folks at SAA? At this point I'm battling not only on the principle, but because I go back to South Africa every few years and I always bring wine back. I don't want to get surprised the next time that I try to bring a case or two back with me!
Posted by: Matthew | November 25, 2013 at 07:47 AM
By the way, I noticed the question from a couple days ago regarding Spirit Airlines. You can find their contract of carriage here:
If you go to section 188.8.131.52 it talks about alcohol. In short, "A maximum of 5 L or 1.3 gallons of liquor products containing
between 24% and 70% alcohol by volume are allowed to be carried
per customer. Liquor products over 140 proof or 70% alcohol by
volume are not allowed onboard the aircraft."
Posted by: Matthew | November 25, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Thanks! I searched and couldn't find it.
Posted by: Camper English | November 25, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Thank you for sharing this. I do not have any insight into the IATA but I'll reach out as a journalist and see if I can find out more information. I'll let you know what I learn (hoping I hear back).
Posted by: Camper English | November 25, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Anyone knows limit on emirates flight from LAX to DXB to BOM?
Posted by: jainish | December 09, 2013 at 01:32 AM
you think I would be safe if im under 21 and put a fifth of something in my bag?
Posted by: perry | December 17, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I can't advise anyone to break the law, of course, but I can tell you that luggage with liquids in it seems to get searched more often than luggage without. Even if it does, I can't recall anyone asking my age afterward - you just get a note saying your luggage was searched by the TSA. If traveling internationally sometimes luggage is inspected before you check it in, depending on the country/airport. While airport security have the right to search your luggage at any time, after landing and picking it up at baggage claim it is usually only when going through customs that you could be subjected to random/not random searches.
Posted by: Camper English | December 17, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Does Southwest Airlines permit the miniature liquor bottles in Carry-on luggage as long as it complies with the 3-1-1 rule?
Posted by: Mike B | December 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM
I believe you can transport alcohol following the 3-1-1 rule in carry-on luggage (but this is at the discretion of the x-ray screening folks, as is everything). However, no airline permits consumption of personal beverage alcohol on the plane.
Posted by: Camper English | December 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Matthew, IATA's policy is here:
And I am certain that it doesn't state any limits on alcoholic beverages below 24% ABV.
Further evidence of this can be seen on some airlines' contract of carriage, which spell it out. United:
says "Liquor - Subject to the conditions below, alcoholic beverages in retail packaging may be checked as baggage.
a) For alcoholic beverages less than 24 percent alcohol by volume (including most wines and beers) there are no restrictions on the amount that may be accepted in checked baggage or purchased after completing security screening at the checkpoint (Duty Free). If traveling internationally, alcoholic beverages may be subject to customs limits in the arrival country."
And if United is allowing it, clearly the IATA is allowing it.
The next step is to get the IATA to clarify it. I received a response from them but it wasn't as direct as we need. I'll let you know if they get back to me again.
Posted by: Camper English | December 27, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Hi, I flew from Atlanta to Scotland (I am in Scotland now). A TSA official at ATL told me if I bring alcohol back in my checked luggage, it must be sealed, but I don't think that's correct. I can see that the bottles must be sealable (which they are) not not sealed. Basically I want to drink some of whiskies now that I bought and bring the rest home. Any thoughts? I figure it was just a TSA official making it up. Cheers!
Posted by: TV | January 11, 2014 at 05:36 AM
As far as I can tell, the TSA rules don't have a prohibition on bottles being unopened or them being in the original bottles. Many airlines require this though, see above. "original unopened container" says Southwest but American says "Opened containers are only allowed if they are re-closed and packed properly."
So definitely check your airline's policy and consider printing it out if it mentions this. However, the TSA can do whatever they want ultimately. Most likely, if you open the bottles and drink some and then seal them securely
it shouldn't be a problem. I would recommend drinking from the darker bottles just to better your odds.
Or just buy drams of that whisky in bars and wait to open the full bottles until you get home…. Good luck, enjoy beautiful Scotland!
Posted by: Camper English | January 11, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Hi Matthew - Here's an official reply from the IATA:
Q: According to IATA policy, is there a limit on the quantity of alcoholic beverages a passenger is permitted to carry in their checked baggage if the alcoholic beverages are less than 24% alcohol by volume?
A: IATA policy is based on dangerous goods regulations and from a dangerous goods perspective, alcoholic beverages with less than 24% are not regulated. That's not to say a passenger can carry an unlimited amount, as alcoholic beverages are subject to other regulatory requirements, e.g. Customs as well as individual airline regulations.
Posted by: Camper English | January 25, 2014 at 04:03 PM
OK, so I'm going to Maui for my 25th anniversary and want to take some Glenlivet 21 to celebrate. On the way out it will be unopened but I certainly won't finish the bottle. Can I bring the bottle back or will they confiscate it? It's $150 per bottle!!!
Posted by: Rick | April 29, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Well they certainly can confiscate it if they want to, and it's probably against the airline's policy to travel with opened bottles. Having bottles in your luggage does increase the chance that it will be searched, but I know many people who travel with sample bottles often and their stuff is rarely taken. I would recommend that you pack it in its original box if you have it, or make sure its secure in your luggage. On the way back, take extra precaution that it doesn't leak (bring plumber's seal tape, or just put the bottle in a ziplock), as that would be a good cause for them to remove it from your luggage. Good luck....
Posted by: Camper English | April 30, 2014 at 06:24 PM
I'm planning on taking a trip to Australia in the near future I was wondering which airline would be best to transport a couple bottles of alcohol with me for some friends I'm going to see. I noticed the general rules are 5 liter luggage. But what about customs and such to get in Australia?
Posted by: TL Rollans | May 27, 2014 at 01:09 AM
I don't know offhand - I'd do a search for "australia customs rules" or something similar. Even better, I just did that for you. The answer is here: http://www.customs.gov.au/faq/PaxConcessions.asp
2.25 liters, or 3, 750-ml bottles.
Posted by: Camper English | May 28, 2014 at 01:56 AM
What about non-manufactured, home-made liquor being brought into the States from Europe? I have a 1.5L glass bottle that should clock at about 45ABV or so. There don't seem to be many recommendations about home-distilled spirits (the bottle is sealed).
Posted by: Josey | June 29, 2014 at 05:11 AM
Well though I can't say that I've ever seen a written rule about it, I'm going to guess it's totally not allowed, as the airlines won't know what's in the bottle. Better to ship it if you can.
Posted by: Camper English | June 29, 2014 at 05:29 AM
I am going to London and plan to take two bottles of wine and about 20 miniature bottles of liquor. I am flying United, do you think I will have a problem with the airline ?
Posted by: Connie | July 21, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Seems to be in line with their quantity policies.
Posted by: Camper English | July 22, 2014 at 04:29 PM
FYI the link to the TSA you provided seems to no longer point to information about alcohol, only prohibited items. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/alcoholic-beverages seems to be a better link. As far as I can tell it has the text you quoted, unchanged.
Posted by: Sorek | July 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Thank you - I'll update the post.
Posted by: Camper English | July 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM
If in Europe, www.lazenne.com sells the Wine Check, as well as a line of bottle protectors. They've an interesting guide on bringing wine and alcohol onto a plane: http://www.lazenne.com/pages/taking-alcohol-on-a-plane-101 as well as some tax and duty info for certain countries.
Posted by: Paul | August 30, 2014 at 03:36 AM
Have you seen the email from Southwest re their wine as luggage requirements? It reads, in part: "Over the summer we have seen an increase in customers wishing to ship local wine on our airplanes. Our agents are required to inspect all boxes at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter. Unfortunately we often run into packaging that (although may be acceptable for ground travel) is NOT acceptable for air travel. This creates frustration for our passengers as they are then required to purchase new packaging and repackage the wine. We want to assure that our Customer’s wine arrives at their destination without being damaged or causing damage to other baggage on the airplane.
We do sell insulated leak proof wine bags at the airport, but they are sold at $5 a bag and each bag is only large enough to hold one bottle of wine. Repackaging boxes of wine is very time consuming and may cause customers to miss their flights."
As a winery, we use approved corrugated boxes with pulp trays and have sent many a traveler to the airport with wine to check and, in fact, partner with Alaska Airlines in the "Wines Fly Free" program. To date, we have not had a single notice of any breakage or, for that matter, any airline, other than now with Southwest, requiring them to put each bottle in a leak proof wrapper. I assume Southwest is talking about the bottle shaped bubble wraps which when I was traveling, I found TSA religiously slit the bottle bags and then just taped them closed; negating the leak proof benefit.
Posted by: Linda Moore | September 06, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Linda - It looks like that letter is in line with their official policy as posted in the original post above. Leak-proof seems like overkill when combined with protective packaging requirements, but on the other hand you can't blame them for wanting to keep leaky luggage out of their planes.
I did not know about TSA slitting the wine bags but that makes sense as they are suspicious of liquids in general. Yes it negates the airline requirement but at that point it's past the counter and into the TSA's hands I think.
As a wine seller you'd be covered/beholden to: "Professional packaging by alcohol and wine suppliers (e.g., cruise lines, wineries, duty-free shops) is acceptable as long as the contents have adequate cushioning and the packaging prevents leakage." So you could put each bottle in a bag and then into the boxes; maybe even plastic wrap. (If clear then maybe the TSA is less likely to slit them?) It seems to me that this would be doing your best to be in full compliance, though ultimately it's up to the passenger not you to ensure that.
I'm just a guy who brings booze on planes a lot; not an expert; but those are my thoughts.
Posted by: Camper English | September 06, 2014 at 09:34 PM
I'm flying to Bermuda from US. Can I pack wine in my checked luggage? Also, there is a duty free store in the int'l terminal, would I be able to buy that and bring it on the plane as I'd already be passed security and it wouldn't be above the 3 oz limit.
Posted by: Dominic | December 10, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Does anyone have any idea if it's ok to travel with homemade liqueur in your checked luggage? I'm making Kahlua and Irish Cream as Christmas presents, but my brother will need to be able to fly back to Seattle (from Indiana) with it. I normally use the glass flip-top bottles for homemade liqueur, but I thought I could use a bottle with a cork and seal it with wax instead for him. Any idea if that would make a difference? It'll be clearly labeled, but obviously isn't purchased from a store. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Posted by: Nathalie | December 16, 2014 at 07:46 PM
My belief is that technically it is not permitted but in reality it probably won't be a problem- just more likely to get searched due to liquids. I don't think the particular seal will be an issue unless it leaks. Best to pack it with a clear plastic bag around it just in case. Good luck.
Posted by: Camper English | December 16, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Ryanair would probably ask you to pay extra, they do for everything else.
Posted by: [email protected] | December 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM
I am sure you have probably answered this question. I am going to england for a vacation (orginally from there, but now have an american passport). My brother has made homemade slow gin for us to use at a wedding we are having here. How much can i bring into the country in my checked luggage and how should it be sealed.
Posted by: susan Hadfield | January 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM
As far as I know, only sealed alcoholic beverages are allowed on planes, so technically you can't take any.
Posted by: Camper English | January 17, 2015 at 07:52 PM
Can I pack a flask? It will just contain SCOTCH but am I more likely to have that searched since there is no label? It's a jumbo 32oz stainless steel flask.
I am in Vietnam and particularly interested in my travels to China but also my home country of USA.
Posted by: shoff | February 25, 2015 at 09:54 PM
in my checked luggage not my carry on.
Posted by: shoff | February 25, 2015 at 09:55 PM
HI - Every rule I've seen specifies that the bottles must be sealed/in original containers, which would mean no flasks.
Posted by: Camper English | February 27, 2015 at 02:52 AM
Delta is very vague. Does it mean they must be in retail packaging whether it is checked or carry-on?
Posted by: [email protected] | March 14, 2015 at 05:15 PM
Yes it says to be permitted onboard the plane - kind of confusing language but it seems to mean it must be retail packaging whether that is checked or carry-on.
Posted by: Camper English | March 14, 2015 at 07:24 PM
Hi we are going to be flying Air France in December 2015 to Ireland, would like are know if you are allowed to take alcohol in your checked in luggage, as the travel agency is saying it is not allowed at all pls advice.
email me on [email protected]
Posted by: D | October 29, 2015 at 07:27 AM
I couldn't find any information on AirFrance's website allowing or prohibiting alcohol in checked luggage. Best way is to contact the airline directly.
Posted by: Camper English | October 29, 2015 at 07:51 AM
The same 5L (24-70%) rules apply to Lufthansa, and can be found here:
It's also the same with Croatia Airlines (you have to scroll down a bit to "alcoholic beverages"):
Posted by: Liya | March 04, 2016 at 08:15 AM
Posted by: Camper English | March 06, 2016 at 02:27 PM
Does the person carrying have to be 21yo? I would like to send wine back to Italy with my 20yo son.
Posted by: Maria | March 21, 2016 at 07:17 PM
I don't know the real/legal answer to this question, though I suspect as long as it meets the other requirements of packaging and such that it would be fine.
Posted by: Camper English | March 22, 2016 at 10:59 AM
Well done, great article. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: BK | August 21, 2016 at 07:18 PM