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Empty Growlers in Carry-On Bag

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by gory4d, Feb 18, 2013.

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  1. gory4d

    gory4d Apr 14, 2007 New York
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    I've been trying to figure out whether it's permissible to bring an empty 64-oz. growler through airport security in a carry-on bag. The TSA site isn't helpful. Anybody have any insight here? Thanks!
     
  2. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
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    dont think you can carry on glass that big
    i would call the airline to make sure but would plan on checking it in
     
  3. jampics2

    jampics2 Dec 19, 2008 Ohio
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    Had an empty growler in my carry-on flying out of San Diego this summer and had no issues but also wasn't sure and I was prepared to throw it out if necessary
     
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  4. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    I'm sure you'd be fine. I'd take it out, or have it on top, without the cap on when you go through security. I take a couple empty large Nalgene bottles through all the time. It's the liquid, not the container that TSA cares about.
     
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  5. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

    I would play it safe and mail it.
     
  6. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    Why would you mail an empty growler?
     
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  7. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I've carried empty bottles without any issue, so having glass in a smaller format apparently is not an issue, but I've never carried a growler.
     
  8. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    Two thoughts/questions:

    1. Why would the TSA care about an empty glass jug in your carry on?

    2. Why would you bother flying with an empty growler rather than simply buying one from whichever brewery you plan to get it filled at?
     
  9. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

    If you're worried about TSA confiscating it, and then you don't have to pack and carry it.

    When I went to California, I mailed my empty wine shipper box to the hotel, then shopped, filled it, and shipped it back home.
     
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  10. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I flew internationally with a glass boot once. They pulled it out and checked it, but it was fine.
     
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  11. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    I guess I would just buy a growler at my destination, or just check the bag. Same with the wine shipper. Those are easy to find in CA
     
  12. gory4d

    gory4d Apr 14, 2007 New York
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    On 1., they seem to care out every other damn thing.

    On 2., I have enough growlers already. Probably just doing that, though, will be the least hassle.
     
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  13. GoGators

    GoGators Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    As long as it's empty there is no issue. Just like bringing a Vase or or any glass object. I just flew last week with an empty CCB growler and have done so in the past with no questions asked.
     
  14. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    Just pack it and see. I despise the TSA. I'd take it just to see what sort of illogical explanation they'd try and give if they decided to confiscate the growler.
     
  15. Scotchboy

    Scotchboy Dec 7, 2010 Idaho

    My first thought was 'Sir, because it can be broken and used as a weapon'. Maybe I'm too paranoid.

    But definitely agree with FishPond that TSA is really just interested in the liquid...

    ETA: Just to clarify; I'm not paranoid of the hypothetical broken glass-knife; rather I'm paranoid that TSA will think of anything to screw with the traveling public.
     
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  16. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    Call the airport directly. That's what I did when I wasn't sure about bringing coffee grounds back from Portland (which they allowed, by the way).
     
  17. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    No problems.
     
  18. gpawned

    gpawned Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    I've carried empty 32oz half growlers in my carry-on with no problem.
     
  19. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Dec 24, 2012 New York

    i work for an airline and travel all the time. you should see what these dominicans bring through the airporto_O. its ok you can bring it through security i swear.i brought my stone growlers through tsa its fine.
     
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  20. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    That's exactly the kind of dumbass response I'd expect from the TSA
     
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  21. Douberd

    Douberd Jan 27, 2012 Netherlands

    If I was TSA I would confiscate it, what if you break it on board and make a knife out of a big glass shard?
     
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  22. gory4d

    gory4d Apr 14, 2007 New York
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    Like I said, I have too many growlers - so I may just bring one, and if they take it, so it goes. I'll report back the result.
     
  23. Lare453

    Lare453 Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    If you break it, it could be used as a weapon. Sounds lame, but true.
     
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  24. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    its fine. think duty free stuff, large bottles of liquor fly every day. Dont worry about it.
     
  25. THECPJ

    THECPJ Jul 31, 2010 Montserrat

    Carried empty growler from Chicago to Baltimore no problems.
     
  26. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    Everything becomes a potential weapon once you start thinking like that. You could just as easily stab someone with a ball point pen or your car key.
     
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  27. Lare453

    Lare453 Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Glass is a little more effective though because it becomes an edged weapon, not just a poking stab tool.
     
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  28. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    doesnt matter. Duty free liquor is on the plane. in glass.
     
  29. pjs234

    pjs234 Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    Seems like people have done what you are asking about before with no issue. Just go for it. What's the worst that could happen, they don't let you bring it on? Big deal, they cost $4.
     
  30. gory4d

    gory4d Apr 14, 2007 New York
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    My thoughts precisely. I was just interested in avoiding any hassle with the TSA.
     
  31. Lare453

    Lare453 Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Easy tiger.
     
  32. pjs234

    pjs234 Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    I doubt it would be a hassle... i see it going something like TSA: "You can't bring this on the plan" You: "Ok, thanks" They have been pretty reasonable, even with liquids. I saw them give one person the option of leaving it behind or returning it to their car.
     
  33. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    If TSA starts to say anything, maybe you can just say something about you know you can't take more than 3 oz. of liquid so you emptied it. They're probably easily distractible, and would then focus on the fact that it was empty over the fact that it was glass, etc.
     
  34. beefmental

    beefmental May 26, 2005 Iowa
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    I fly routinely back and forth to Portland with my Deschutes growler with no problems.
     
  35. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Plus you can fill that growler in portland airport, then take it on the plane!!!
     
  36. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Sep 10, 2010 California

    I brought like 6 empty Alpine growlers on a Southwest flight no problem. You are good man.
     
  37. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    I do not miss the TSA at all.
    Went to Adelaide over the weekend and in my carry on was a 6 pack of beer. Good times.
     
  38. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    You can't bring a knife onto a plane , a broken bottle can serve as a knife, i guess.
     
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  39. MrDanno96

    MrDanno96 Aug 26, 2009 Ohio

    I would say the broken-glass knife is a pretty legitimate concern. I mean, it's a lot more dangerous than plastic utensils and look what happened with those...

    I'm not a huge fan of TSA either, but I wouldn't really blame them for preventing you from bringing it on board.
     
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  40. archey

    archey Apr 22, 2010 California

    I brought 2 empty 2L growlers in my carry-on luggage last week without incident.
     
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