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Jun 17th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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The question was about european airports. We had ours taken at CDG, after we had been through all security and bought it in the enclosed departure area. Some bottles were not opened.
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Jun 17th, 2008, 02:54 PM
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I've never had mine confiscated - Dublin, Brussels, Vienna, Toulouse, CDG, Munich, London city, can't remeber where else - but these have been the most recent airports.
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Jun 17th, 2008, 03:27 PM
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i agree...this question was clearly about european airports (even says clearly in the title). what's the fuss about?

if i say that i went to an american chinese restaurant and they gave out fortune cookies and i ask if european ones do the same, does this mean i'm not asking about europe? should i post this question on the US forum even though i only used a US experience as a point of reference? now i'm confused. please clarify your rules so i don't get in trouble like this OP.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 03:20 AM
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Oh Padraig, dear sweet Padraig. You asked for it!
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Jun 18th, 2008, 03:38 AM
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This drives me crazy. I really, really want to bring water on the plane. My throat becomes very dry and this makes me cough and I always drink lots of water. I want it when I want it and I don't want to depend on the availability of water from the flight attendants.

I have not encountered this in my flights to Europe, and I do believe I have flown through Amsterdam and gone through the gate security, but it was a second security check after a primary one at a larger area in the terminal.

I still do not believe it provides higher security to do this than not to do it. I really wish they would figure out a way to get rid of this liquid prohibition altogether.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 03:42 AM
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At some airports, where there are transferring passengers from non-European flights (e.g. longhaul from US, Asia, Africa etc) to flights within Europe, there is a security check just before you reach the gate area and any water bought airside or you happen to carry will be confiscated (e.g. Frankfurt). Duty-free liquids bought within EU/EEA/Switzerland and still sealed will be allowed through.
If you are transferring from one intra-European flight to another, you don't go through secuity and you can keep your water bottle.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 04:07 AM
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travelme wrote: "Oh Padraig, dear sweet Padraig. You asked for it!"

Am I to infer that you think personal abuse is an appropriate way to express disagreement?
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Jun 18th, 2008, 04:32 AM
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Again…well-noted, Tulips. Connecting through Amsterdam from Paris to the Twin Cities, I purchased a liter of Evian at CDG and despite it never being opened and only traversing secure areas; it was not allowed beyond the gate at Schiphol. Although slightly taken aback, I took the news in stride and was permitted to drink it on the spot.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 04:40 AM
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What is that old Jimmy Cliff song? Oh yes, "Stir it up.." This should be your theme song, Padraig. We will always think of you when ever we hear it.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 04:45 AM
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Same thing happened leaving Nicaragua last month. It also happened leaving Guanajuato, MX previously.

So far, I've noticed it only happening in developing countries (at least not during the few Western Europe or Australia returns we've made) and only on flights bound for the US.

I believe it may say something about the US's outlook on security in some parts of the world. In each of our cases, it wasn't the regular airport security that did the confiscation. At least Delta did bring around plenty of beverages on the flight home. AA didn't really.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 04:49 AM
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travelme, I ask you again: am I to infer that you think personal abuse is an appropriate way to express disagreement?
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Jun 18th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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oh, yk - my experience from very late last year was that we were able to bring liquids bought past security onto a plane in Hong Kong bound for Australia, but there were warnings you couldn't for US bound.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:10 AM
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"What a load of twaddle!"
Calling the kettle black are we?
We all know your game, Padraig. You aren't fooling anyone here.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:18 AM
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Tulips is correct regarding the "water situation" at Schiphol (Amsterdam). Because the security is at the gate, you can only bring water bottles that have been purchased in the airport, and store-wrapped and sealed.

I am wondering ... are all flights screened at the departure gate, or only those going to the USA? (We flew out of Munich to SFO a couple years ago, and the security for USA-bound flights was much more stringent than for other destinations.)
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:21 AM
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There were signs at Charles de Gaulle last week saying that you could keep anything you purchased once you went through security, and there are shops on the "other" side of security" (although, at least in Terminal 2E, nothing really close to the gate -- some architect must have decided that kiosks and bathrooms would have spoiled the appearance, so they're all located at a distance). I think you'll just have to wait until your next international flight is more than theoretical and then see what the airports in question are doing. But I can understand wanting lots of water!
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:44 AM
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travelme wrote: "We all know your game, Padraig. You aren't fooling anyone here."

Clearly I'm fooling you if you think a robust expression of disagreement with something a person said is in the same category as personal abuse. No, on reflection, I think you are fooling yourself.

You seem willing to justify brookwood's post, but I don't see what evidence you can adduce.

Happily for me, I am not the "semi neurotic individual" that he depicts, so I am not suffering as a result of his post. My main objection to it is that many people are more fragile, and personal abuse can be harmful to them. If such posts become acceptable here, the character of the forum could be badly damaged.

It is okay to annoy people (although I don't really post with that intent); it is okay to tease people; it is okay to disagree with people; it is okay to jest. It is not okay to attack people on a personal basis.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:49 AM
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So practice what you preach!
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:56 AM
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"julies, what is this obsession with shoehorning your South American trip into the Europe forum?"
Couldn't you write this question in a tone that was more polite and less bite?
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Jun 18th, 2008, 06:46 AM
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travelme wrote: "So practice what you preach!"

I do. I do not indulge in personal abuse.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 07:07 AM
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Yeah tell that to someone who will believe it.
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