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Old 11-21-2008, 06:26 PM   #1
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I wanted to see if you guys think there would be any issues with transporting a newly bottled beer on an airplane. I am heading home for Christmas and would like to take a couple of bottles to my folks' house and save for bum-rushing the security line, I'll have to place the beers in checked bags.

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Old 11-21-2008, 06:31 PM   #2
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None at all. Wrap it securely, and make sure it's well padded. Biggest concern would be some low-paid screener deciding to have a liquid lunch on you.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:38 PM   #3
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I'll bottle a couple of bottles of vinegar to mix things up a bit if they decide to get ambitious.

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:01 PM   #4
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I typically wrap them up really well, usually with bubble wrap, and then put the bottles into some sort of ziploc container in case of breakage. Then I pack them up tight between my clothes for extra protection. So far I have not had a bottle break on me during travel.
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:06 PM   #5
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Get some UPS Express Pad pack envelopes. Cut off the sticky part. Put the bottle in, roll it up, secure with masking tape and put in your suitcase. Check your bag.

Save the bags for bringing back beer from your trip.

You can get these bubble envelopes from any UPS Store for free.

I pack it this way all the time and have never had a problem with a broken bottle or the airline.


 
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:20 PM   #6
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Every year I bring back four or five bottles of Tequila from Mexico in my checked baggage and have never had any problem with breakage. HOWEVER! Make very sure you wrap and pad them well separate from each other. The airlines employ gorillas to handle all baggage, so pad well with your clothes.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:14 AM   #7
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I flew some homebrew out to boston safely and came back to utah with founder's breakfast stout and arrogant bastard, all A ok!

 
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:39 AM   #8
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Five years ago I was in Burlington VT For my 21st birth day. I tried bringing two growlers back from my favorite brewery (Magic Hat) onto the plane in a backpack (stupid I know, but come on I love beer).

Not only would they not let me take it on, they wouldn't let me drink a little bit of it before I had to hand it over! If anything I wanted to keep the growlers.

 
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:25 PM   #9
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i know i'm resurrecting a dead thread here but I was just wondering if anyone has flown with beer checked on the plane more recently. Just wondering if the airlines have been any more picky than normal.
I'm flying home next week and thats right about when the Graff is done and also my Sierra Nevada Clone should be well aged.

 
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:34 PM   #10
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No issues. I've traveled with wine and beer over the last year. Never a problem. You can't carry it on, but in checked luggage or a separate box you're fine.

 
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