This blog was originally published by the TSA in January 2014, however, the same holds true today. Read on for details
Whether travelers are taking them on the road, or bringing them back from their adventures, alcoholic beverages are items that travelers often pack in their baggage. This is fine as long as a few guidelines are followed when packing.
- Travelers may carry as many 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid (mini bottles of liquor are 1.7 ounces) that fit comfortably in one, quart sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Comfortable means that the bag will seal without busting at the seams. One bag is permitted per passenger.
- Liquids (including alcohol) purchased after clearing the security checkpoint are permitted on the aircraft.
- FAA regulationsstate that “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”
- Any amount of alcohol greater than 3.4 ounces must be packed in checked baggage.
- Alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol content (140 proof), including 95% grain alcohol and 150 proof rum, cannot be packed in checked luggage.
- Travelers 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.
This blog article was written by Bob Burns, TSA Blog Team.