I received an email from the TSA this week (they have a newsletter; you can sign up in the bottom-right here) reminding travelers that all oversized liquids—including Duty Free liquors and perfumes without the necessary receipt—will not make it through security. We all know that liquids (100ml+) can’t go through security, but when you’re connecting in the U.S. on the way back from somewhere and carrying a Duty Free purchase, for example, you’re not always in the clear. You can’t simply trust Duty Free. Here’s the situation straight from the email:

“When traveling from an international location and transferring to a domestic flight, any duty free liquid, gel or aerosol item from the origination country must be in a tamper evident bag with a receipt dated in the last 24 hours. But the duty free shops in some countries do not have those regulation bags and some cruise operators will only place the items in the tamper evident bags if you ask for them. So remember to pay attention! After going through Customs, if the item is not in a tamper evident bag, place it into your suitcase and check the bag in with the airline before heading to the checkpoint for your connecting flight.”

Remember that—and don’t lose your purchase!




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4 Comments On "A Message From the TSA Regarding Duty Free Liquids"
  1. Sharon K|

    Just happen to use In London. Bought some scotch in duty free store and asked for a secure bag. They said oh you only need the receipt. We argued with them but they insisted. Got to U.S. custom and had to leave security to put in it check bag. Luckily we had a carry on we could use. Lady behind us was just out of luck since she had no bag to check. Custom man said London duty free was one of the worst. Just lazy.

    1. Johnny Jet
      Johnny Jet|

      Good to know. Thanks for the comment

  2. biz-traveler|

    I’m not sure I understand this article. If I have a sealed duty free bag with a receipt, I can take a 1 liter (1,000 ML) bag through a TSA check point? For example LAX where you land at the international terminal and walk to the domestic terminals.

    1. Johnny Jet
      Johnny Jet|

      I wouldn’t risk it. I would put it in a checked bag once you land in L.A.

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