Taking beer on a plane as a checked bag

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

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  1. mizary

    mizary Initiate (109) Oct 25, 2007 Ohio

    It's mentioned 7 posts above yours.

    and yes... the airlines treat it as a checked bag. make sure it's under 50lbs or whatever the limit is with your airline.
  2. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    I just flew back with a shit ton of beer to Germany. My one suit case was 75lbs and tho there was close to 50. When flying into America they only make you claim anything over 1000$ if you are a citizen. Flying into Germany nobody asked me shit they just wanted to see my passport.
  3. 03flat4

    03flat4 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2013

    So I am running low on a beer that I used to buy and get shipped, my hometown beer, Yuengling Lager. My question is this. I am flying out to North Carolina next month, and I know they sell Lager there. I would like to bring back a case. Here are the options I think I have. I have a beer shipping box that I got from Half Time beer store that I can use. here is a photo of how it stores the bottles with 2 bottles in it to show what kind of box I have(2 of these, each holds 12 bottles, go snugly inside their shipping box)


    I figure my options are :

    1.bring this with me with the box collapsed in my luggage to NC, fill it up, tape it up, and ship it via UPS(I think?) to my place in AZ

    2. use this box, and pay the $25 to bring it as luggage on my Delta flight(somehow their rules seem difficult to completely understand if I am allowed to do this or not, but it is cheap. I don't think I'll come anywhere close to their 50 pound limit. more like 30 pounds?).

    3. not use this at all, and wrap my bottles up and use a spare luggage to bring them back(that I can pick up in NC)

    I think #3 is a pain in the ass, 2 is probably the cheapest and maybe the best route, and 1 would work but costs more I think?

    I figure you guys have the most experience with these kinds of things, and will point me in the right direction. thanks!!

  4. BigGene

    BigGene Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    I would do 2. you can check it. They will mostly likely open it to make sure its not a box of Molitov Cocktails. And the $25 extra bag charge will be less than shipping it from NC to AZ. I recently flew to Denver from FL and checked 2 boxes of beer on the way home. Both 12 bottle wine shippers. Cost me $25. I checked with fedex Ground and it would have been about $65 to ship both and taken 5 days.

    I just had a carry on and used my first free bag for 1 and paid for the other.
  5. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (5,741) Nov 16, 2012 Oregon
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    #2 easily. Just check it in for the $25, better than shipping because it'll be coming with you and you'll have it the same day, plus it'll be cheaper than shipping.
  6. 03flat4

    03flat4 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2013

    sweet. just what I thought, thanks! Just wanted to check in with people who have been there done that before first. Do you write something on the box to at least make an attempt for them to handle the box with care? such as writing in big words on all sides, "Fragile, glass, please handle with care"? I know airport employees might not care what you write, but some baggage handlers might take notice and not throw it around.
  7. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (5,741) Nov 16, 2012 Oregon
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    Can't hurt. I use styroshippers when I check beer on the plane so I don't really worry about abuse. But it certainly can't hurt.
  8. Wiscobrew

    Wiscobrew Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Nevada

    I do this(#2) all the time when I am traveling back from Wisco. I typically put a sweater or towel in the bottom and pack the rest of the bottles with clothing or packing materials.

    Most of the time TSA opens it. Oddly enough last time I shipped 3 boxes and the beers were in different boxes when I got home. At least they all were there.

    My airline charges $19 for 40 pounds. Way cheaper than shipping.
  9. 03flat4

    03flat4 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2013

    sweet thanks all for the affirmation. I thought about stuffing beer cans in my suitcase as well, but I am paranoid one will explode and make a mess with my luck.
  10. tommyguz

    tommyguz Meyvn (1,013) May 14, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Just take garbage bags with you and wrap the cans in the garbage bag and throw the cans in your suit case..that would be the easiest to do, won't have to worry about bottles breaking.
  11. spook_nuggga

    spook_nuggga Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2014 California

    My friend just visited, and she brought me a ton of beer and I sent her back with a bunch. when she bot back there was a card saying her bag had been searched... BEER STILL THERE!!! :slight_smile: its legal to do it, so have fun! much cheaper than shipping if you do it right!
  12. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (673) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I flew from Hong Kong to boston with cans and bottles, via newark new jersey, in the winter, no issues.

    Have brought beers from Germany back to boston without issue.

    I'd put them in a plastic bag to be safe. Havent brought more than 3 or 4.
  13. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,381) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    [​IMG] I just checked 4 bombers in my luggage from NC to Vegas…bubble wrapped them and then wrapped them in some sweatshirts and jeans. Arrived fine and I played some cards and drank GOOD beer, instead of the crap they offer at the tables…the third picture is Bruery Melange 1
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  14. Scope4Beer

    Scope4Beer Initiate (155) Sep 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I just flew back from FL yesterday. Brought back 10 750mL bottles from CCB. Just wrapped each in bubble wrap and filled the suitcase with packing peanuts. The whole thing weighed 46 lbs. I'm not sure if it got inspected, but all 10 glorious bottles were present and accounted for when I got home.
  15. tommyguz

    tommyguz Meyvn (1,013) May 14, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Holy Crap. You're allowed to bring your own beer into the casinos?!
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  16. More_Cowbell

    More_Cowbell Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2013 Washington

    I always use bubble wrap and packing take and then pack the bottles in and around my clothes and have never had a bottle break.
  17. Tut

    Tut Initiate (173) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    They're not everywhere, but are more available than you imply. I have an apartment in Merida, Yucatan state for the winter. There are four decent craft breweries in the region. Minerva makes a good imperial stout and I've had an unfiltered pale ale that was pretty good. Ask some younger Mexicans, students or professionals, that speak English.
  18. BubalooBrewMaster

    BubalooBrewMaster Disciple (389) Feb 24, 2013 Nevada

    I usually only go out to Chicali..but Im sure there some in MX overall...all i was saying in my experience searching i didnt find much but Tecate and Indio......although my fam in Chicali have invited me to CheveFest out there.
  19. BubalooBrewMaster

    BubalooBrewMaster Disciple (389) Feb 24, 2013 Nevada

  20. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,381) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
    Moderator Society Trader

    Remember, I was in Vegas…I kept my bottles by my feet and filled my glasses.
  21. Donco

    Donco Devotee (470) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Wow..flying to San Diego at the end of October. This thread has really got me thinking..especially with some of my favorite breweries in that area.:wink:
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  22. Radome

    Radome Poo-Bah (2,033) May 24, 2009 Florida

    Ditto. Many trips all over the world. Never a broken bottle or a cent in customs.
  23. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Meyvn (1,448) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Shit lately the TSA has been re-packing my beer better than I had originally packed it. True story.
  24. Beercanman1

    Beercanman1 Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2014 Ohio

    If you're gambling they pretty much let you do whatever you want.
  25. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,381) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
    Moderator Society Trader

    Doesn't work in the Indian casinos, though. You have to buy beer while playing, so they won't let you BYOB
  26. tommyguz

    tommyguz Meyvn (1,013) May 14, 2008 Pennsylvania

    That's amazing info to know for next time I hit Vegas, wonder about dirty AC?
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  27. nathanb47

    nathanb47 Initiate (167) Dec 14, 2010 Massachusetts

    Anyone ever had problems on Jet Blue? Im flying to Florida in March, just wanted to know if they are hard on people packing beer in their suitcases
  28. ParlayHard8

    ParlayHard8 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Texas

    My wife and I often take wine with us on trips. We usually pack up a wine shipping cardboard box with 6 bottles and check the box. We have never had a problem; in fact most times TSA opens the box and retapes it with tape marked TSA and Homeland Security. I would think flying with beer would be the exact same. It's fine. You just have to worry about not going over the weight limit (or pay the fee) or paying for an extra checked bag.

    Looks like some people try to hide it? I don't think that is necessary.
    #308 ParlayHard8, Feb 24, 2014
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  29. sisterthelonious

    sisterthelonious Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2013 Wisconsin

    Just flew back from San Diego with growlers from Societe, Alpine, and Pizza Port. Bottles, too.
  30. Donco

    Donco Devotee (470) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Haven't thought of growlers..just considering bottles. Which breweries would you recommend?
  31. Wardo

    Wardo Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2012 Illinois

    Had to laugh. Just flew out of Chicago Midway. Harry Carrys bar in the terminal had BCBS, BCBBW, and BCBCS in 12oz bottles on the menu.
  32. Johnny_Muir

    Johnny_Muir Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2014 New Jersey

    Ive only flown twice since 9/11, and both times the TSA checked my bag. They went all the way through, but it was all put back together nicely actually. And the one time I flew with beer, each one got a sticker, but none found their way into the pockets of any baggage handlers. Nice.
  33. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (501) Mar 29, 2013 California

    Have to bookmark this thread for a few months from now. Going to be in Denver and Colorado Springs for a wedding Memorial Day weekend. My buddy and I are planning on tasting all week and then grabbing bottles of what we liked on the last day. Plus, flying Southwest, so get to check a bag for free.

    Thanks for all the contributions above. Huge help!
  34. Donco

    Donco Devotee (470) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    At least they're now doing something worthwhile...:wink:
  35. tommyguz

    tommyguz Meyvn (1,013) May 14, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Two checked bags for free from Southwest! I brought two back from SF filled with stuff, like 20 some bottles I think, closer to 100 lbs (including my clothes, etc.) had to rearrange the bags though because one was 52 lbs but the other was like 46, made me angry I had to move two lbs in one bag when the other was underweight!
  36. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (501) Mar 29, 2013 California

    Ah, that's right. Will have to see how much we want to grab. In CA, we get a solid enough CO distribution, but I know there are plenty we don't get out here either.
  37. tommyguz

    tommyguz Meyvn (1,013) May 14, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I took some bottle shippers with me and put them in the suitcase with my clothing underneath and on top of the shippers (wrapped in a garbage bag)
  38. HighLowJack

    HighLowJack Disciple (384) Jun 5, 2013 Massachusetts

  39. c64person

    c64person Devotee (426) Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina

    To be perfectly honest, I just pack the box and use that as my "checked item" the only problem is carrying the damn thing around at an airport. I have used 6 bottle shippers in a duffle bag, and while a tight squeeze, it works with room around thr bag for clothes.
  40. kscaldef

    kscaldef Meyvn (1,189) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

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