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Old 28th Feb 2007, 12:41   #1 (permalink)
 
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Duty Free on connecting flight

Can somebody clarify the official situation.
I recently returned from Venice to Manchester via Gatwick. I bought a bottle in duty free airside in Venice which was sealed in a see through bag and the sales receipt was inside the bag clearly visible. When I got to Gatwick , I had to exit through customs and then go through security again to get back to my connecting flight to Manchester. Of course the no liquids rule suddenly reared its ugly head. The security guard took a bit of persuading but was really nice and let me through with the bottle . Should he have confiscated the bottle ? If so should there not be warnings somewhere to stop people buying duty free if they are going to transfer to an internal flight ? If i had known what was going to happen I would have put the bottle in my hold luggage which went straight through to the Manch flight
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Old 1st Mar 2007, 08:03   #2 (permalink)
 
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hi biglez..there was a similar post to this yeaterday on another forum.

check the regs.

is it not the case that it was agreed that if you had to transit...and had purchased in a duty free shop ( only) somewhere alon the line on tghe same day ( do'nt ask me how the dateline problem comes into this) and if you had the bottle sealed with the receipt ( it does'nt have to be in a clear plastic bag as that is only for 100ml liquids brought from outside )...then you are ok..

i may be wrong but thats my understanding of the rules...of course it still has not fully been implimented in some countries...but i think i am correctr...

otherwise who would buy anything again in a duty free shop unless doing a single hop flight..

''rues is rules'' ..but business is bussiness...

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Old 1st Mar 2007, 09:55   #3 (permalink)

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The EU has introduced 'tamper-evident' heavy duty bags for airside purchases, which show the contents and the receipt. If you have one of these you should be able to make a transfer at another EU airport as a matter of routine.
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Old 1st Mar 2007, 10:09   #4 (permalink)
 
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On a recent trip from the Far East my father had whisky in a sealed plastic bag which he bought in CAN and upon transit in CDG had it taken off him when passing through security en route to EDI. Same thing happened to me flying from GIG via CDG to LHR (but given my dad's earlier experience kind of expected it).

The problem is, the non-EU airports think they are providing customers with the correct kind of packaging for EU regulations (the shop assistant in GIG assured me it would be fine). This must be leading to passengers returning to the EU to be losing millions of Euros worth of Duty Free every month! Some guidelines need to be issued to prevent this, or sales of Duty Free will surely plummet.

At least the dinner parties will be lively at the homes of security agents wokring at CDG - full of free booze!!!!

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Old 1st Mar 2007, 11:55   #5 (permalink)
 
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Thanks dean

it was the first time i had been on a connecting flight since the new regs, so I was unsure of the situation, i think in future i will just not buy any duty free but buy in the local supermarket and place in luggage - the price is probably not that much different anyway - at least i get to enjoy my bellini
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Old 1st Mar 2007, 12:52   #6 (permalink)
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This is a FAQ on the BAA website:
I will be transiting through your airport. What happens to any tax and duty-free shopping (liquid purchases) that I have purchased at my departure airport (EU community country)?
So long as your shopping is intact and you have proof-of-purchase within the 24 hours prior to this, you will be allowed to carry your purchases onto your next flight. However, if you ‘land’ yourself (that is, you go through passport control and the baggage hall), you will not be allowed to take those purchases back through security and so will have to pack them in your hold luggage.
In addition, the Changi Airport website has comprehensive guidlines for worldwide travel and is worth a look:
http://www.changiairport.com/changi/...ml?__locale=en

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Old 2nd Mar 2007, 11:40   #7 (permalink)
 
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However, if you ‘land’ yourself (that is, you go through passport control and the baggage hall), you will not be allowed to take those purchases back through security and so will have to pack them in your hold luggage.

Unfortunately i was given no option - instructions were to go out through pc & security , unfortunatley my baggage was transferred straight through so i couldn't put it in the hold luggage at Gatwick - looks like i definitely won't be buying duty free again if i have a conecting flight from LGW or LHR back to Manchester
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Old 2nd Mar 2007, 14:17   #8 (permalink)
 
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well biglez...maybe if we boycott all dutyfree shops then some sanity might come back into what security people will allow ... ...

but i very much doubt it....

some places do booze in plastic bottles which is handy.personally i never put glass anything into a suitcase ( the price you might pay could be to smell like a pub for weeks !)...but the plastic seems a little less risky.maybe duty free shops should concentrate on plastic only bottles to facilitate...so we can put into cases.

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Old 2nd Mar 2007, 17:54   #9 (permalink)
 
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So long as your shopping is intact and you have proof-of-purchase within the 24 hours prior to this, you will be allowed to carry your purchases onto your next flight. However, if you ‘land’ yourself (that is, you go through passport control and the baggage hall), you will not be allowed to take those purchases back through security and so will have to pack them in your hold luggage.
So BAA are making up their own rules again. Wonderful - the idea of these bags was surely that you *can* take them back and forth so long as they remain sealed and are less than 24 hours old?
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Old 2nd Mar 2007, 23:52   #10 (permalink)
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At least the dinner parties will be lively at the homes of security agents wokring at CDG - full of free booze!!!!
If the security people take anything like this of value off me I make sure to break it first (drop the bottle accidentally).

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