Bringing Wine on an Airplane - What You Need to Know

There are lots of reasons you might be thinking about bringing wine on an airplane. For example, you've recently toured several wineries on vacation and are looking to bring back some of your favorites.  You might be going to visit some family and friends and want to bring a special bottle of wine you've been storing to celebrate.   

Whatever the reason for bringing wine on an airplane, the process can be confusing. There are tons of regulations and restrictions you need to be aware of. Fear not, in this post we will tell you everything you need to know, answer all your questions about bringing wine on an airplane. 

What You Need to Know About Bringing Wine on an Airplane

Firstly, it is important to note that every airline has its own policies regarding carrying wine on board. Therefore, it is best to check with the airline before packing any bottles. In general, travelers are allowed to bring alcohol on board as long as it is within the limits set by the airline and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

TSA Guidelines for Bringing Wine on an Airplane

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has guidelines in place regarding the transportation of wine on an airplane. According to these rules, wine can be carried in both checked luggage and carry-on bags, but it must be within certain limits.

How Much Wine Does TSA Allow in Checked Luggage?

Each passenger is allowed to bring a maximum of 5 liters of alcohol, including wine, in their checked luggage. 

How Much Wine Does TSA Allow in Carry-on Bags?

If the wine is carried in a carry-on bag, it must be in a container that is 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less.

It is important to note that these rules apply to wine with an alcohol content of 24% or less. Wine with an alcohol content above 24% is not permitted on board the aircraft.

We recommend packing wine in checked luggage to avoid any issues during security screening. 

Will a Wine Bottle Explode on an Airplane?

It is highly unlikely for a wine bottle to explode on an airplane due to changes in air pressure. However, there is a risk of the bottle breaking or leaking due to rough handling during baggage handling. It is important to pack the wine properly to avoid any damage.

Tips on Packing Wine in Checked Luggage

Wine in Luggage

When packing wine in checked luggage, it is important to follow a few simple tips:

  • Pack the wine in a hard-shell wine case or wrap it in bubble wrap to protect it from any breakage.  There are also wrap solutions specifically made for wine bottle
  • Place the wine in the center of the suitcase, surrounded by clothing or other soft items for extra cushioning.
  • Make sure to label the bag as "fragile" to ensure that it is handled with care.

Can You Drink Wine You Brought onto an Airplane?

Obviously you can't reach the wine you put in your checked luggage, so we assume you are asking about the wine in your carry-on bag. The answer is no, you cannot consume wine you brought in your carry-on bag.

The TSA prohibits passengers from consuming their own alcohol on commercial flights, regardless of whether it was purchased in the airport or brought on board.

We recommend enjoying the wine being served on the flight rather than risking any TSA violations.

Airplane Wine

What About the Wine Served on Airplanes?

We receive lots of questions about wine served on airplanes.  We will answer a few of the most common questions here:

What Size are Wine Bottles on AIrplanes?

The size of wine bottles on airplanes can vary depending on the airline and the type of wine being served. In general, however, most airlines serve wine in small 187 ml bottles, also known as "splits." These bottles typically contain just over 6 ounces of wine.

Which Airline Serves the Best Wine?

While there is no definitive answer to which airline serves the best wine.  This obviously depends on your taste preferences, but here are several airlines known for the wine:

  • Emirates - Emirates is known for offering a wide range of high-end wines, including rare vintages and limited editions.
  • Singapore Airlines - Singapore Airlines has a "Wine Panel" that selects the best wines from around the world to serve on their flights.
  • Qantas - Qantas has won numerous awards for their wine selection, including the Best Overall Wine Cellar award from Business Traveller magazine.
  • Air France - Air France is known for serving wines from their home country, including a variety of high-quality Bordeaux and Burgundy wines.
  • Delta Air Lines - Delta has a Master Sommelier on staff who helps select the wines for their onboard menu, and they have won several awards for their wine program.

It's worth noting that the wine selections offered on flights can vary depending on the route, class of service, and even the time of year. Additionally, personal tastes in wine can vary widely, so what one person considers the "best" wine may not be the same for another person.

Bringing Wine on an Airplane - Conclusion

We hope this information we shared is helpful. Now you know bringing wine on an airplane is possible, but it is important to follow the guidelines and regulations set by the airline and TSA. Pack the wine properly to avoid any damage and enjoy your favorite bottle of wine at your destination.

Also, whether you are bringing home wine, taking wine to friends and family to share or even enjoying a glass of airline wine to always have PureWine products on hand to avoid and wine headaches or wine allergy symptoms. 

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