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TSA Travel Tips Tuesday - Traveling With Alcoholic Beverages

Tuesday, January 07, 2014
TSA Travel Tips Tuesday - Traveling With Alcoholic Beverages

Whether travelers are taking them on the road, or bringing them back from their adventures, alcoholic beverages are item that travelers often pack in their baggage. This is fine as long as a few guidelines are followed when packing.

Carry-on Baggage

  • 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 regulations state that “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”

Checked Baggage

  • 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.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Submitted by Anonymous on

So if the percentage is 9 percent I can bring over 5litre?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Can people under 21 pack alcoholic drinks in their checked luggage?

Submitted by Y J on

Is it okay for one below 21 years old to carry alcohol beverages in checked bagage?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I love this. How often do you drive to Europe or Hawaii haha!

Submitted by Richardnuaws on

Hello. And Bye.

Submitted by Anonymous on

So is it 3? Or 4 ? Mini bottles

Submitted by Anonymous on

Can you pack those mini bottles in your suitcase? The last I heard was that you actually can’t take those mini bottles on board. Usually you can’t take bottled water on board either...

Submitted by WiseGuy on

I am 35 and my wife is 18. We are traveling from Seattle to Denver, departing at 8:30pm. We want to carry on a 750ml bottle of whiskey (Seattle made) and a liter of a fine pinot (California vintage). Can we do this if we show our drivers licenses?