Duty free

Jun 8th, 2009, 08:35 PM
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Duty free

I would like to buy a bottle of perfume at a Duty Free shop at LAX.
I'm afraid when in Frankfurt , going to
a connecting flight it will be taken away from me . Am I right?
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Jun 8th, 2009, 08:46 PM
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You can take 100ml of each item through security in a zip lock bag. Most perfumes are not larger than that unless you pay a fortune for it.
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Jun 8th, 2009, 08:50 PM
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BTW - are you sure the perfume will be less expensive in Frankfort? Not all duty free items are less expensive than in the US. You'll be paying about 1.40 dollars to the Euro so you have to factor the exchange rate into the price.
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Jun 8th, 2009, 08:58 PM
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I think the OP is flying:

LAX-FRA-Italy

She is asking: if she buys a bottle of perfume at LAX Duty Free, will it be confiscated when she changes planes at FRA.

I don't know if you will need to re-clear security at FRA. But the easiest solution would be to buy a perfume size less than 100ml.
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Jun 8th, 2009, 09:01 PM
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I know, parfumes are best to buy in USA and you get them even cheeper when you can buy them duty free.

I have not direct flight to Rome, so I might have a problem with 1.7 fl oz bottle of perfume in Frankfurt.
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Jun 8th, 2009, 09:11 PM
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As I stated above you can bring up to 100ml (3.4 oz) of liquid per item in a
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Jun 8th, 2009, 09:12 PM
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per item in a 1 quart plastic bag. Why do you think you would have a problem with 1.7 oz as it is less than 3.4 oz.
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Jun 8th, 2009, 09:57 PM
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You can take as much liquids thru security at FRA if and only if it is packed in a certified tamper-evident bag. According to TSA's website, not all airport in the US can supply those for duty free shoppers.
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...vel_alert.shtm
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Jun 9th, 2009, 12:57 AM
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Excellent citation Cowboy. Thank you. I've flown back from Amsterdam three times in the last year and make connections in either DTW or MSP. I put my liter of duty free Schiphol jenever in my checked luggage after claiming said luggage on arrival, before it gets on the next flight. Sometimes it's a hurry up.

For the OP, make sure you bring along a quart size Ziploc baggie to put your perfume in.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 01:36 AM
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The OP will definitely go through security (and passport control) before getting to the gate for the Italy flight at FRA. As others have advised, just put the perfume into a see-thru ziplock bag (leave room for your purchase, as you are only allowed to take one bag through security).
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Jun 9th, 2009, 03:54 AM
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The bigger question is: Why buy it it LAX?

If it is imported (European) perfume, the prices should be lower in Europe.

And if it is perfume made in the US, there is no duty to begin with, so duty-free will not result in much, if any, savings.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 04:10 AM
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<<< You can take as much liquids thru security at FRA if and only if it is packed in a certified tamper-evident bag >>>

And it was bought on either an EU based airline or airside at an EU airport within the previous 24 hours.

So unless OP is flying Lufthansa metal (ie no codeshares) they will get it confiscated if it's over 100ml even if sealed in a bag
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Jun 9th, 2009, 04:11 AM
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Slight correction - if bought at LAX then it won't get through security checks if it's more than 100ml in size. If bought midflight on an EU based airline then it will
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Jun 9th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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alan.. maybe I was a bit unclear, or you did not read the TSA information:

You can transit at any EU airport with any amount of liquids when coming from the US IF the US duty free shop sealed them in ICAO-approved plastic bags -- according to the liberalized procedures of 2008. In that case you are treated as if you were on an intra-EU flight where those bags are compulsory at airport duty free shops. And OP does not have to fly Lufthansa from LAX to FRA and connect to Rome, but can use any airline IF the liquids are sealed in those specific bags.

It just does not work the other way around when someone flies EU-USA and connects in the US to another domestic destination.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Cowboy - it didn't work at Heathrow last year - security took someone's sealed bag off them - they had bought stuff in the US, but couldn't get it through security to fly on to Amsterdam. They were pee'd off and nearly got arrested, but had to give up their booze. Maybe no-one had told the security bods about it. This was at the beginning of June.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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hetismij,

Cowboy said IF the US duty free shop sealed them in ICAO-approved plastic bags. Apparently not in that case. LHR enjoyed a fine bottle of Jack.
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