The One Trick You Should NEVER Do On An Airplane

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On Sunday we wrote about The One Trick You Should NEVER Do In A Hotel, and today we are going to pass along The One Trick You Should NEVER Do On An Airplane.Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.59.14 AM

As much as we love Happy Hour, you shouldn’t be serving yourself your own minis – or any other alcohol you brought along – on board the airplane. Yes, the TSA allows you to fill up your 3-1-1 bag with minis, but here is a quick look at the policy from The TSA Blog about consuming your own alcohol that you brought on the plane:

        • Travelers may carry as many 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid (mini bottles of liquor are 1.7 ounces) that fit comfortably in one, quart sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Comfortable means that the bag will seal without busting at the seams. One bag is permitted per passenger.
        • Liquids (including alcohol) purchased after clearing the security checkpoint are permitted on the aircraft.
        • FAA regulations state that “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”

So now that we told you that you shouldn’t consume your own alcohol that you brought on board, what if you wanted to try it?

  • Be discreet – don’t “set up shop” and display your own minis on your tray table
  • Comply with the crew – if they catch you, apologize, and quickly put it away … don’t be “that guy”

Bottom Line:
Here is your chance to confess … do you sneak your own alcohol on board an airplane? What do you drink, and why do you do it?

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  1. Guilty, but not to excess. Maybe a tiny bailys for my morning coffee or a couple shots of tequila to help me sleep. This rule obviously only applies while traveling economy as drinks in buisness and first are free.

  2. We do this all the time. It’s hard to turn down a $1 corner liquor store bottle when compared with an $8 onboard identical item. We are discreet and haven’t yet been caught. TSA usually gives us a knowning nod.

  3. The trick is to hand the beverage to the flight attendant and then they hand it back to you. You have now been legally served that beverage by the certificate holder.

  4. I’ve been doing this for years with no problems. But yes, I absolutely agree that you should be extremely discreet. I usually buy one whiskey on the rocks and ask for an extra cup of ice. Then when I finish the one I bought, I refill using my own tiny bottles (very covertly) and replenish the ice as needed.

  5. With the airport wine shops, I’ve purchased a bottle to share with friends. Was caught and asked to stop drinking the bottle

  6. i was on an AF from cdg to mars with a guy next to me who brought onto the plane a large bottle of scotch and then proceeded to ask for 2 beers he drank them then the scotch and asked for better food( there was a sandwich service in business class) and got agitated when there was no Kosher food for him??? he finally fell asleep before landing with seatback back.. FA aske me to wake him and i said no she tried and could not till we landed ,, so much for drinking BYOB onboard!!

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