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Flying with wine? What to know...and do not miss

You love wine and you love travel. Maybe, you will buy some awsome bottle during your trip but becareful! The practice of traveling with alcoholic beverages has been regulated by the airlines to differing degrees. While checking spirits on airlines is allowed, the relatively delicate nature of some wines means that special care should be taken when packing valuable or sensitive bottles on your plane trip.

Allowed in the cabin?
In the past, many airlines allowed passengers to bring one or two bottles of wine on board a flight with them to ensure the proper handling of expensive bottles. 
Since the 2001 overhauling of safety regulations governing liquids, however, this is no longer allowed. Most outside liquids in containers larger than 3.4 oz. cannot be transported through airport security checkpoints and onto the plane, and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent may confiscate the contraband. An exception to the carry-on rule is made for wine and other spirits purchased in duty-free stores beyond security checkpoints.

Bottles limits...
While beverages with an alcohol content of greater than 70 percent are prohibited and those with an alcohol content between 24 and 70 percent are limited, there is no TSA-regulated quantity limit on beverages with less than 24 percent alcohol, such as wine. Passengers are free to use the entirety of their quota of baggage for wine transport.

Packing Wine?
For passengers looking to transport only a bottle or two of wine, transporting the bottles within existing luggage often is the best option. Packing bottles tightly within clothing helps minimize the vibrations that can negatively affect wine and protects the bottles from rough handling by airport personnel. When packing bottles in your luggage, it’s most important to keep them from shifting. 
Slide a bottle into a sock and then wrap it tightly in a shirt or other garment. For extra protection, seal the wrapped bottle in a water-tight plastic bag before nestling it firmly at the center of the luggage.

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest
Specialty Containers: best alternative?
A number of companies produce special wine sleeves to facilitate packing bottles on the plane. These sleeves are water-tight, extremely well-padded, resistant to temperature flux and easy to carry. Although not strictly necessary, passengers who often find themselves packing a bottle or two of wine home from a trip may find that the $20 to $50 sleeves are a worthwhile investment.

Direct Shipping: the best option?
Due to air travel regulations, many wineries have taken on the responsibility of facilitating transport themselves. If packing a bottle or two for your flight seems like a lot of trouble, one option is having the winery or wine shop ship your purchase. Many can set up overnight transport to your destination or home, so the wine is waiting when you arrive. Some wineries will even waive the shipping charge.

Useful to personalize your wine bottles, this MAP Wine Bottle Stopper is sold at ($35 each), pretty expensive I think but if you want to make sensations it' a great way!

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