From the HBD Archive
From: polstra!jdp@uunet.UU.NET (John D. Polstra)
Subject: Shipping beer
Date: 1989-07-27 15:31:48 GMT

In HOMEBREW Digest #212, Mike Fertsch <FERTSCH@adc1.RAY.COM> writes:
> I would hesitate to take homebrew as carry-on. How can the security
> people be sure your unlabelled, hand-capped bottle doesn't contain
> gasoline or some other explosove fluid?

Just as a data point, I've taken homebrew as carry-on at least 4 or 5
times. There's never been any hassle with the security people.
Sometimes they ask what it is, because on their X-ray screen an upright
six-pack looks like six quarters floating in midair. I just tell them
it is beer, and they say OK, and that's that.

A bottle of something doesn't seem very threatening to me, as long as it
*obviously* has no detonation device. (Don't pack your homebrew into
the body of a radio, for instance.)

One of the security people even told me about some guy from Japan who
had come through a few days before with two cases of Coors to take back
home with him. (Americans are worried about being taken over by these
people??? ;-)

I've never tried carrying beer onto an international flight, but I might
give it a go soon. I'll let you know how that works out.

-- John Polstra jdp@polstra.UUCP
Polstra & Co., Inc. ...{uunet,sun}!practic!polstra!jdp
Seattle, WA (206) 932-6482

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