Can You Fly with a Champagne Bottle?

Can You Fly with a Champagne Bottle?

One common question I receive about my hand-painted champagne bottles is: "Can you take a bottle of champagne on a flight?" (Quick answer: yes, but read on for how!) When it comes to traveling with alcohol, there are strict rules and regulations in place to ensure the safety of all passengers.  Let's dive into the details.

What are the TSA regulations?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to bring alcohol in their carry-on luggage as long as it meets certain criteria. According to TSA guidelines, you can bring alcohol in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less per item. This means that the typical 750 ml bottle of champagne exceeds the limit and cannot be brought in your carry-on bag.

So, can you bring a 750 ml bottle of champagne on a plane?

YES!  While you cannot bring a standard 750 ml bottle of champagne in your carry-on bag, you do have the option to pack it in your checked luggage. 

Are you sure about that?  Will it explode or something?  

Don't worry, it won't explode!  Think of all the people buying champagne or other types of spirits at the duty-free shops! They even get to carry those on board...but theirs will not be personalized.  Wink, wink.  If you purchase a 750 ml bottle of champagne at a duty-free shop after passing through security, you are allowed to bring it on the plane. The bottle will be placed in a secure, tamper-evident bag by the retailer, and you must keep the receipt with the bottle in the sealed bag for the duration of your journey.

How do you suggest flying with a bottle of champagne?

If you purchase a painted champagne bottle from me I will bubble wrap and bag the bottle for you to insert into your luggage.  I will give you the lovely rose gold presentation box in its flat state so that it doesn't get crushed, along with a bag of fun crinkle paper to nestle around the champagne bottle inside the presentation box.  When you get to your destination, all you'll have to do is pop the champagne bottle in its lovely box, nestle in the crinkle paper and tie a ribbon around it.  Then just sit back and take in the "ooohs" and "ahhhs." 

So, while you may not be able to bring a 750 ml bottle of champagne in your carry-on bag, you can bring it in your checked luggage. Bon voyage!


See also: "How to Paint a Champagne Bottle"

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