(Closed) Question about traveling with open alcohol

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t see why he couldn’t pack it & check it in his luggage. I’ve bought alcohol on vacation, drank some & packed it to bring home.. as long as it’s not in your carry on I think it would be ok.

Post # 5
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

There are no rules that I am aware of in regards to travelling by air with OPEN alcohol (and I travel a ton)

There are rules about where you put the alcohol when you fly.  It has to go in your checked luggage… use bubble wrap, or there are products you can buy online that surround a bottle in a leak proof sack that then inflates to protect the bottle (if the bottle breaks inside, the alcohol is contained)

OR yes, you could ship it home to NY… check with UPS, they do such things often.

NOTE – Foreign countries typically have DUTY FREE limitations on what you can bring in and out of countries in regards to alcohol.  You’ll need to check with Costa Rica to find out what the limitations are (Government Website, usually the same one that has Customs & Immigration Info)


Post # 6
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Is it possible to buy an airplane bottle or a really small bottle? It just seems like a big hassle.

This is from the TSA website:

Carrying Alcohol In Your Checked Baggage

Please note, you can’t take alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol content (140 proof), including 95% grain alcohol and 150 proof rum, in your checked luggage. 

You 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.


Post # 7
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Per airline rules, I think you should be able to do it.  Personally, I wouldn’t risk it.  What if it breaks or leaks and spills all over your clothes?  Everything is going to reek like Scotch, and your bottle will be wasted.  The way they toss the luggage around…

This is coming from someone who often takes home alcohol from other countries, but I do it through duty free.

I would just save the booze for when you’re home, and you can always buy alcohol in Costa Rica while you’re at the hotel.

Post # 8
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@beja:  I know you can’t drive with open alcohol, but you may be able to fly with it in checked luggage. I’d call the airline and ask but it sounds like way too much hassle. 

Post # 9
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Can you leave it with someone in Tenn. and treat yourselves to another bottle in the duty free on the way to CR? I’d do that, then he still has the more to come home to!

Post # 10
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There are also state laws on traveling with open containers, I know in Massachusetts if you don’t finish a bottle of wine at a restaurant they have to recork it and close it in a special bag. Not sure if that would apply to all liquor but you might want to check out your state laws.

Can you give it to a friend or relative to bring home or ship home for you? it doesn’t seem worth it to deal with customs.

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