Last week I posted a wine travel puzzle: despite the FAA liquid ban, how could you actually bring a bottle of wine onto a commercial flight in the US?
With the ins and outs, please welcome friend of the blog, Mark Ashley, proprietor of the excellent travel blog Upgrade: Travel Better.
In the US, the rules are pretty clear. The rule requiring 3-ounce bottles (or 100ml, which is more than 3oz., but TSA rounds up for convenience) prevents you from bringing 750ml bottles through security in carry-on luggage, indeed. But as some have noted, stores like Vino Volo — after security — will sell bottles in the terminal.
But internationally, the rules seem to vary on the whim of the local airports authority. Pattie’s comment on the original posting is a case in point. My own experience in Munich last year (detailed here) was very much the same. Flights to the US had an additional checkpoint — after the initial security scan — where airport personnel removed otherwise “legal” items.
I wrote to the Munich Airport, and posted their answer, but alas, they just played pass-the-buck and incorrectly blamed TSA.
Best bet remains the cargo hold. Styrofoam, despite its environmental impact, is your best bet for transporting wine on planes.
Finally, if you’re able to get your booze onboard, from an in-terminal shop or the creative solution that Bob suggested, you’re still not necessarily allowed to drink it. American carriers will glibly cite “FAA rules” prohibiting the pouring of self-catered alcohol. I’ve never seen that regulation in print. Bottom line: You might be lucky if you ask a flight attendant if it’s alright to open a bottle of your own wine. International carriers are likely to be more lenient than American ones. But even then, don’t count on it.