TSA International Alcohol Regulations Loosened for Carry-On Travel

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Friday, 31 Jan 2014 04:39 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Thanks to new TSA regulations, travelers who want to purchase a bottle of duty-free alcohol at international airports and bring them into the United States will now find it easier to do so.

Before the rule change, travelers coming into United States who bought alcohol at an international duty-free airport store weren’t allowed to carry that much liquid, which is over the TSA’s 100mL limit, in carry-on luggage. They would have to figure out how to pack it in their checked luggage.

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Now, as long as the bottle was bought at an airport duty-free store and is in a secure, tamper-evident bag called a STEB, the Transportation Safety Administration regulations will allow the liquid to be brought on airplanes if it can be screened and cleared by agents at checkpoints, the TSA announced.

If the liquid can’t be screened, it won’t be allowed to stay in carry-on luggage. That can include liquids in “opaque, ceramic, or metallic bottles, or other containers that cannot be effectively scanned.”

This regulation change could mean TSA agents won’t get to drink as much of the confiscated alcohol as they have in the past, if former TSA agent Jason Edward Harrington is to be believed.

In a Politico article, Harrington offered revealing information about whether TSA agents really think they’re doing any good at stopping terrorism, frustration at the low morale at TSA, and opinions on how poorly the full-body scanners really work.

Then he tweeted:

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