Do you know whether or not it is legal to bring alcohol through airport security? Do you know whether you are allowed to drink your own alcohol on the plane?
I did a survey of travelers and came up with this infographic explaining what they thought vs. reality.
Edit: Keep scrolling for more content past the infographic. I don’t know why it’s creating so much white space.
The results I got were surprising!
52% of travelers believed that alcohol is not allowed through the security line. That’s actually false.
The limit alcohol is the same as any liquid–it must be in freedom sized bottles. However, if you had a bunch of minis, those are completely allowed through security. You are also technically allowed to drink your over-sized bottle of liquid in the presence of a TSA line, but that is not recommended.
Through a technicality, you are also allowed to transport alcohol through security in your bra.
36% believe it is legal to consume alcohol you brought with you on the airplane. That’s also false.
Whether you got it at the duty free store, brought it in through little 3 ounce bottles, or transported it through your bra, it is illegal to serve yourself on a plane and is a violation of federal law. A loophole: flight attendants are allowed to serve you your own alcohol, but due to airlines’ own rules, you’ll never get them to do that (so don’t ask!)
Whiskey was the least popular in-flight beverage out of the group–which surprised me! I used to be a whiskey and ginger ale person myself.
I also learned that over half those surveyed do not spend much money on drinks in the airport itself. Though, I should have also asked how many drinks they consumed. I have lounge access, so the only money I spend are from tips.
What’s your drink of choice in the air? Do you do more drinking in the air or on the ground?
(In case the embedded dynamic version does not work on your browsing device, here is a copy of the infographic:)