TSA Relaxes Rules on Duty-Free Purchases

Duty FreeIn the past, fliers connecting in the U.S.A. had to put any duty-free liquid purchases over 3.4 ounces in their checked luggage or forfeit it.

No longer. The TSA  has relaxed this rule under certain circumstances.

Here is it directly from the TSA Website:


Beginning January 31, 2014, passengers traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight will be permitted to carry liquids in excess of 100 mL in their carry-on baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in secure, tamper-evident bags (STEBs).

Technological advances may allow passengers to keep these liquids in their carry-on baggage, provided they are presented in a STEB and are able to be screened and cleared by Transportation Security Officers at the checkpoint.

Liquids that cannot be screened and cleared will not be allowed to remain in a passenger’s carry-on baggage. Passengers may elect to place these items into checked baggage, if available, or forfeit them prior to entering the secure area of the airport. This may include liquids in opaque, ceramic, or metallic bottles, or other containers that cannot be effectively scanned.

So, the next time you wander through that duty free shop wondering if you can bring home that bottle of single malt and take it through security, you can as long as it’s sealed in a tamper proof bag.  Just buy it in a regular bottle and not something ornamental.


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2 Responses to TSA Relaxes Rules on Duty-Free Purchases

  1. EASY TRAVELER says:

    Google Astrolite and see if you want liquids on your airplane. This a BIG mistake!

  2. flerdle says:

    I hope (for once) Australia follows suit. It’s still the case that duty free liquids over 100ml, even in STEBs bought at that airport, are confiscated before boarding any Australia-bound flight.