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Old 03-10-2019, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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We flew from Cancun to Las Vegas with plane change in Salt Lake City. I’d purchased vanilla at the CUN airport in the duty free shop and they put my 3 bottles of vanilla in a brightly colored plastic bag and then zip tied the bag. In Salt Lake City we had to go through TSA again when going to our LAS bound flight and they confiscated the vanilla.

I was told duty free purchases have to be in clear, heat sealed bags with receipt clearly visible through the bag. So, warning, don’t assume the duty free purchase is propertly sealed.

TSA did offer to walk me down to the check-in and put the vanilla in my bag if I checked it. But we were already at boarding time so we declined. Made me wonder why they would make such an offer if the same items would be in cargo? But either way, I learned the importance of not taking for granted duty free purchases will be properly packaged for USA entry.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:09 PM
 
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It has been like that for at least 12-15 years. Once you get to America you need to put anything liquid into your checked luggage.
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:07 PM
 
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Yup. It should’ve gone into your checked bag once you hit US soil and had to recheck it for your next flight.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Impossible; at Cancun duty free is after security and only had my personal bag with me. Checked bags from Cancun to my home airport with no handling by me at connection in Salt Lake City. Also, they told me at TSA if duty free had properly prepared the purchased items there would have been NO problem. As stated above, Duty free items should be in clear, heat-sealed bags with receipt in the bag. I’ve bought lots of duty free items in other airports with no problems but never paid attention to how they were packaged. Now I know to pay attention.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:55 AM
 
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I'm pleasantly surprised that even the clear, heat-sealed bags are allowed. They started that procedure in Europe but I was under the impression that you still had to check it before connecting to a flight within the USA. DH and I once came home form Scotland with two bottles of expensive whisky in a sealed Duty-Free bag. TSA wouldn't let us take it through. DH took his camera out of its bag, padded the bottles with his jacket and checked the camera bag.

But thanks for the warning- I'm heading to Mexico on Friday and will make sure that anything that doesn't fit the specs is checked when I go home.

When I left Kathmandu last year I had about 1/3 of a bottle of whisky in my CHECKED bag. After seeing it on the X-Ray they confiscated it. There was plenty of booze for sale in Duty-Free, of course. I chose not to enhance their revenues by buying any.
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