Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Buying in the Duty Free Shop - Don't Forget 3-1-1

I had been talking with my daughter about buying stuff in the duty free shop when we flew from Lima after our Amazon trip. She reminded me that I would have to consider the TSA liquids and gels 3-1-1 rule.

When she few from Italy she saw several people had bought alcohol in the duty free shop which is delivered to them directly on the airplane. After they went through customs in the U.S., if they had a connecting flight, they had to pack the liquid in their checked suitcase. This caught several people off guard.

For one, some were traveling only with only carry ons -- like we do -- and really didn't want to check their bag. And others had bags they were checking that were already stuffed to the gills. So there they all sat on the floor in the airport, rearranging their packed suitcases to make room for the bottles they had bought in the duty free shop.

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