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Buying wine at the Duty Free and onto the plane?

Buying wine at the Duty Free and onto the plane?

Mar 28th, 2007, 01:21 PM
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EU and US rules are pretty clear that liquids purchased beyond security are allowed on board, up to individual airline allowances based on your class of service.

sandi_travelnut is saying that the Swiss have a nut loose and have other rules. Well, they seem to have other rules. Here is one link: http://tinyurl.com/yqthrw

You might need an attorney, an accountant, and a representative of the National Geographic Society to fly with you one of these days.
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Mar 28th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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The link provided by glk11b above explains the procedures in detail.

Liquids purchased from duty free shops at EU airports are placed in a sealed bag which allows you to carry them through EU security check points (but not US security). You cannot open the bag or break the seal. I purchased liquids at AMS and had no problems going through EU security with the bottles inside the sealed bag.
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Mar 28th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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This may not have been correct, but at Heathrow, they were enforcing the "one bag" rule, so that items bought in the duty free had to fit into the single carry-on.
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Mar 28th, 2007, 02:16 PM
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I just returned from Heathrow and they are enforcing the one bag rule. In Oct I seen many bottles of wine looking for a home at the security checkpoint. Not in March.
 
Mar 28th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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There are many shops before the last security check and since I only flew AA out of Zurich I can say that there is only 1 small duty free shop after the last checkpoint. While sitting and waiting to board people actually thought they could walk thru security with a large bottle of scotch (or whatever) in thier carry on. It got thrown away.
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Mar 28th, 2007, 03:08 PM
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What about shipping your luggage home and taking up your entire checked bag allowance with cases of wine?
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Mar 28th, 2007, 04:52 PM
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sandi_travelnut and others....

Switzerland is not part of the EU and does not have the same regulations as the EU. Maybe that's why you saw what you saw.

I'll check it out in June, going AA through Zurich.

One thing to remember, for alcohol, just declare everything. The last I checked, the duty cost on still wine was 4%. Trust me, U.S. Customs is not going to spend the time making you pay $5.00 on some purchase. Same goes with most other alcohol purchased. I've declared 'too' many bottles of alcohol several times and have never had to pay.
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Mar 29th, 2007, 06:21 AM
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I am aware of that but wanted to comment on what I saw.
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Mar 30th, 2007, 03:39 PM
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i have perhaps a dumb question.. but how can one know if there is another security check point after you have already gone through one?

most people would ASSUME that after going through a check point, that they could buy duty free liquids with no problem.. so ..

how does one find out ( if you are not fluent in the language?)

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Mar 30th, 2007, 04:25 PM
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In the case of Zurich, the last checkpoint is in site of your gate or a groups of gates.
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Mar 30th, 2007, 04:40 PM
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so.. one goes through a security general line to get in to the secure area and then can go to duty free.

then he looks for his gate and suddenly finds ANOTHER check point that doesnīt accept his purchases once past general security?

this sounds unusual.

i sure hope there is some type of warning at the shops about this.

is this when boarding planes for the US?

Are the american airlines enforcing another securty point? or is it going just anywhere?
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Mar 30th, 2007, 06:14 PM
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Hi there,

Yes it's sad but there are restrictions. But how nice it is now to pick it up at the duty free shop at the airport. I'm not sure the limit, but it is a shame.

Theresa

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Mar 31st, 2007, 03:22 AM
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pippy.. it seems the problem here in this part of the zurich airport the poster was is that the things one buys at duty free are also not allowed.

???

still confused and makes me want to never take the chance anywhere.

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Mar 31st, 2007, 06:58 AM
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we were in the exact same gate for an AA flight from Zurich to Dallas in 2004 and 2007 and the set up was the same. I never even entered a duty free shop to be able to say if I saw a sign of warning or not.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 08:07 AM
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You are correct about CDG. You will find duty free shops right at the gate. You can purchase as many bottles of wine that will fit in your carry-on. With the lack of care demonstrated by luggage handlers, I would hesitate to pack wine in my suitcase!
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Mar 31st, 2007, 09:02 AM
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i wonder if this is true in other airports.. that even after the initial security, you go to duty free, buy stuff, and then suddenly have one more security that makes you dump the stuff you just bought??

not too nice.IMO.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 09:24 AM
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At CDG, they put up big banners over the outgoing security/immigration checkpoint (I would assume that the banneres were financed by the duty free shops) -- "Anything purchased after this point may be brought onto the plane."
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Mar 31st, 2007, 09:37 AM
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i am like a broken record and will stop now.. i just cannot understand this situation at the zurich airport.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 09:48 AM
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I haven't been through ZRH lately, but maybe they do as many European airports (CGN comes immediately to mind): deliver your DF purchases to you after you've boarded.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 04:13 PM
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I would add that in the past I have been a bit disappointed by some of the red wines that I have bought at the duty free shop at CDG--had made a mental note, in fact, not to bother buying them in the future as I found them a bit overpriced and not necessarily as good quality as what I could purchase in various venues in Paris. My hypothesis was that the wine in the duty free shop was less than desirable (eminently exportable), and that the seller could charge a fairly high price for it, given that it was the traveler's last shot at purchasing a French red wine before embarkation. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised last December,however, when I bought some of the Bordeaux on sale, figuring I might as well take a chance on some of the more affordable wines. Not bad! The selection was much improved over previous airport duty free shop displays as well.

I will say, in reference to some other threads related to wine, that my new market for French wine is none other than Trader Joe's! They sell some very affordable French (and a few better wines) at very good prices. As good, by my palate, as what I bought at the duty free shop at CDG last December, for a lower price.
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