Taking beer on a plane as a checked bag

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by KingHenry, May 22, 2012.

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  1. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Poo-Bah (2,475) Dec 10, 2002 Maryland
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    Never had a problem and have brought large quantities back from overseas. I am actually flying home from AZ to MD Saturday but I think it will be all cans this time so no sweat on breakage. Its the 10 pound chunk of petrified wood that has me worried about my wife's bag being overweight!
  2. Docrock

    Docrock Defender (651) Jan 21, 2012 Illinois

    Hopefully you have paperwork for the petrified wood! It is illegal to collect it.
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  3. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Poo-Bah (2,475) Dec 10, 2002 Maryland
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    Never thought of that I did buy it will need to check.....
  4. NoSignsOfPain

    NoSignsOfPain Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 California

    I'm too lazy to read everyone's replies, but you can totally check in styro shippers. Easiest way imo, but TSA will fa sho open that shit.
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  5. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,272) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Within the US, pack as much beer as you want. I've put a dozen bombers and a 2 pack in my old backpack with success. Never had so much good use of dirty laundry before., Shove each bomber in a sock or two and no breakage!!! Yeah, BOY. Da,ned Skippy.
  6. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (217) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona

    Yeah that usually works but the one time a ramper throws a bag or it falls off a cart you'll be pretty sorry. or more likely, TSA opens and then repacks badly and so it breaks easily.

    if you do this a lot use boxes.
  7. EdwardFortyHands

    EdwardFortyHands Initiate (0) May 3, 2012 Iowa

    Does anybody know if beer can freeze in the cargo hold? I mean it is unpressurized and way below freezing temperature in there.
  8. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Aspirant (284) Feb 23, 2012 Minnesota

    On multiple 8 hour flights I had no issues with this. I took cans, small format bottles, and large format bottles. ABV's as low as 5%.
  9. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    This can happen in the passenger cabin, too. I had a few things explode in my carry ons over the years. But not beer. It doesn't explode when you shake it, right? No interface between the inside and the outside.

    I brought back a few dozen bottles from the UK to the US last May. No problems at all. I declared it all, because I was way over the limit, and the guy just laughed and showed his friends. No duty. I obviously wasn't their sort of whale.
  10. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    Next time, include a Miller High Life bomber as a decoy.
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  11. FLBeerGuy

    FLBeerGuy Meyvn (1,422) Feb 6, 2007 Florida
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    Southwest is funny about checking alcohol. My Mother in Law tried to check a 12 pack of beer I had brought from LA. The attendant told her is was illegal to check alcohol on a flight. I told her I had just flown the beer from LA on Delta and it had a TSA inspection card inside when I got home. She made her buy these plastic air packing bags at $5 a pop and repackaged her beer. Ended up costing $20, it was either that or she would not allow her to check it.
  12. heatwaves

    heatwaves Aspirant (218) Oct 17, 2009 California

    That's just crazy!

    My attendant went on and on asking how "secure" my beers were. I told her that I had a lot of experience shipping beer and she didn't have to worry. Needless to say, she didn't buy my explanation and started to rant that my beers could explode, leak on someone's bag, and ruin their clothes. I replied that they might want to be awfully careful with my box then. :grinning: (And this was after she told me that Southwest could not abide my by "This Side Up" stickers all around the box.) She should have just relaxed and had a homebrew.
  13. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Initiate (199) Apr 30, 2011 Florida

    Freeze? Maybe, but very very unlikely. Transport category aircraft have pressurized cargo holds but are not required to have temperature controls. However, for sake of simplicity in design the cargo hold is (typically) pressurized through the same system that pressurizes the main cabin which, as you can guess, is required to be temp controlled.

    FWIW, any time I take a trip somewhere I bring back some local brews in my checked bag. This last trip home it came out to be exactly 50lbs worth of brew. TSA searched my bag and I did not have any broken bottles. In fact I've never had a bottle break in a checked bag(that doesn't mean it won't happen to you).
  14. FlyingKelly

    FlyingKelly Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Texas

    I check beer in all the time on United. Bought a sturdy plastic bin at home depot with attached swivel lids. I pack it up nice and secure, put a tie-down strap around it, and add a TSA approved pad lock. Works great!
  15. jpfromb

    jpfromb Initiate (83) Apr 9, 2010 Oregon

    Flew from Belgium to Bend, Or. a year ago. Had seventeen carefully bubble wrapped bottles placed in between articles of clothing in a large suitcase. Checked through to customs in DC, everything looking good. Bag comes around the carousel in Redmond, Or. and just about crapped when I saw my bag. It was completely unzipped with packing tape wrapped around the bag in several directions and clothes poking through the tape. Got home and every bottle was unwrapped and tossed back in my bag. Miraculously, not one bottle was broken.
  16. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,285) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois

    Ii think wine and beer there is no limit. Just booze, something like 5 liters.
  17. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I brought beer back from England, all under 5% ABV, 11 hour flight. No issues.
  18. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,021) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    Anyone ever try taking beer on a plane in a checked bag? If so, how was your experience?
  19. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    There's a bunch of threads about this. I'd just do a search.

    Short answer--lots of folks do it and if you pack well, you'll be fine.
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  20. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (952) Sep 4, 2010 California

    Many times. It's always been fine.
  21. EvoJoe

    EvoJoe Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 North Carolina

    So nothing has exploded on you guys at all? Ive been curious about this as well
  22. nate321

    nate321 Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2011 Washington

    I've done it many times, never had an issue. Even gotten the paper in my suitcase that said my bag was inspected and still got everything intact.
  23. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (952) Sep 4, 2010 California

    Nope nothing. I've traveled with extra suit cases full of just beer too.
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  24. craftpunk

    craftpunk Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 Illinois

    took some dark lord to Vancouver from Chicago. i dont know if the wax helped, but it made it safely.
  25. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,712) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I've done it many times with no issues. even when my bag has been searched, the tsa has been very respectful. they have always repackaged everything very well.
  26. freeride

    freeride Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Illinois

    Travel every week and 80% of the time have beer to take home. Only lost 1 bottle...and it was my homebrew :slight_frown:
  27. EvoJoe

    EvoJoe Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 North Carolina

    Well that is Great news to hear! No more shipping stuff home when i go on vacations
  28. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,021) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    Awesome...thanks! Heading to Vegas and may be bringing beer along for an IP trade.
  29. HighWine

    HighWine Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 Illinois

    Just know that airlines insure checked luggage against loss or damage but do not insure boxes that are checked as baggage.
  30. TorsHammer

    TorsHammer Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Minnesota

    I have packed 12 oz - 750 ml bottles and 12 oz cans on numerous occasions and it's never been an issue. I typically roll each bottle or can in a different article of clothing and pack them as tightly together as possible. No leaks or breaks.
  31. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Disciple (384) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota


    This came back with me from a recent trip to Sonoma and San Diego, all in checked bags.
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  32. jazzmac

    jazzmac Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2002 Connecticut

    My buddy just went to Cigar City packed a bunch of beer in his checked bag. When he got home opened the bag, TSA had searched it and a bottle was missing (a collaboration braggot)!!! None of the more widely available CCB beers were missing.
  33. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    made it back from Belgium with a suitcase of 13 bottles and 6 glasses including the very fragile double Kwak glasses with wooden holder. Dirty clothes act as great cushions.
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    KVNBGRY Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Florida

    Airplanes are pressurized, otherwise those can sodas and your skull would basically explode.

    as for everyone else, just take a picture of it/write a note on them/wrap them in shirts/pants/towels and send them below.
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  35. MLeicht

    MLeicht Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2012 New Jersey

    Was this cause of TSA or did it explode?
  36. Roudy

    Roudy Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2009 Georgia

    Every West Coast trip I'll stuff 3-4 bombers in my softsided suitcase. Never had an issue. I just pack lots of dirty laundry around the bottles and keep them away from the edges of the suitcase.
  37. Gassygunslinger

    Gassygunslinger Initiate (35) Dec 20, 2012 Maine

    For a split second, I thought you guys were talking about ways to smuggle beer...

    Not that you would need to (unless you have some really "special" ingredients in your home brew).
  38. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Aspirant (226) Jun 20, 2009 Illinois

    My last trip to Vermont, I checked a cooler of ice and a case of Heady Topper. I was asked about the contents of the cooler and said it contained liquid ice and canned bevereages. They were interested in knowing that the ice was liquid, as opposed to dry ice. The cans arrived safely, still had a little ice in the cooler, but one of the cooler's handles was broken off. It was great to be able to keep the Heady cold from purchase to fridge.
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  39. pbs76

    pbs76 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2012 Washington

    Even corked/caged bottles make it home safely in checked luggage. Never travel without a bit of room to take home a treasure with you!
  40. Moutstainz

    Moutstainz Initiate (87) Mar 5, 2011 Illinois

    How much did your bags weigh? lol
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