Sunday, July 29, 2012

Shopping Duty Free at The Airport - Remember 3 oz Rule

If you will be shopping at a duty free shop on your return to the U.S., don't forget you will have to deal with the TSA liquids and gels 3-1-1 rule.

Purchases from the duty free shop are delivered to the traveler directly on the airplane. However, after you go through customs in the U.S., if you have a connecting flight, you will have to pack any bottles over 3 oz. in your checked suitcase.

So if you travel with only carry-ons, it means putting the liquid into your carry on and checking it -- no choice if you want to get that bottle home. If you normally check a bag or two, it's not an issue unless your suitcase is already stuffed to the gills. So if you plan on buying liquids at the duty free shop, be sure to leave room in your checked luggage so you can easily transfer the bottles into your luggage after clearing customs.

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