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Old 12-18-2007, 04:42 PM   #1
Apr 2007
State College Pa
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I have had it with these mother ******* BEERS on this mother ******* plane!

Ok I haven't actually seen snakes on a plane, but that quote is to rediculous to pass up.

Anyways. I have searched around the site a bit for information on traveling "in planes" with beer. With the liquid container airline rules I am pretty sure I have two options. 1) Put the beer in my checked baggage. 2) Ship it. I want to give these bottles as Xmas gifts and one needs to get from east coast to west coast.

Does anyone have any idea if the checked bag area is really pressurized? I am assuming if it wasn't that would mean exploding beers...? Has anyone traveled with beer recently? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 12-18-2007, 04:47 PM   #2
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I sent a couple of beers back to Germany with my mother-in-law and they made it fine in the checked baggage. No beer bombs!

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Old 12-18-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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Yes the cargo area is pressurized. If it wasn't then your bathroom liquids would likely end up all over your clothes, as well as your pets all over the inside of their containers.

I used to carry on a case of beer every time I flew, but can't do that anymore. So I just stick each one in a sock and wrap them in clothes in my hard walled luggage that I check.

I'll generally wrap a bundle in a garbage bag to make sure if it did break it wouldn't make such a mess but I've never needed it. In fact once I've opened my bag at my destination to find that the bag was tore open and all the beers had been removed and replaced (I could tell because they were inserted in my socks the other direction). The TSA was nice enough to wrap everything up the way I had it though, and everything made it through.

I'm flying on saturday and planning to take a bunch of beer with me. I think this time since I'm bringing more than normal I might do some in my luggage as well as a box packed up like I ship beer. Each bottle bubble wrapped and a box within a box with extra padding all around.

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Old 12-18-2007, 04:56 PM   #4
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For a few seconds I thought that you were a raging alcoholic trying to sneak beers on to drink on the plane lol.

How do people ship them in the mail? That would be tons worse than just a plane ride.
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:25 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Bokonon
I used to carry on a case of beer every time I flew...
Man, those were the days. I was at school in PA, my now wife was at school in TX and lived in OR. I'd ALWAYS bring back a carry on case when returning to PA from visiting her.

I'm planning on taking a case of wine back east with me next week. I've read you can check boxes no problem. Anyone have experience with that? Do you label the box with it's contents? Pack as if you were shipping?

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Old 12-18-2007, 05:30 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Kilted Brewer
Do you label the box with it's contents?
I wouldn't. Things "disappear" in baggage handling. I have friends (plural) who've lost cases of wine this way.

Pack as if you were shipping?
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:31 PM   #7
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Two summers ago I carried 2 minikegs on the plane from Germany and had 2 more in my check-in bags...THEIR RULES SUCK NOW...
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:51 PM   #8
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I dunno how that works, because I fly to Ft Lauderdale quite often and see people bringing back bottles of rum and such from the cruizes and they all seem to carry them on.

You should call 1) the airline or 2) a TSA hotline to find out for sure.

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Old 12-18-2007, 05:55 PM   #9
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I packed away 8-10 beers in my checked luggage (wrapped in pants/shirts, etc - man that would have suck had they burst) before and they made it home just fine.

I got the "Your bag was searched" notice, but they seemed to only unwrap one to see what it was and then rewrapped it without touching the rest...
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:23 PM   #10
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oh boy, I'm bringing home beers for sure now. I so need another bag after all of the gifts and crap I've bought
I'm back!!!

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