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Just to point out that there are slight differences between the amount of liquid allowed in each bottle between the EU (100ml) and the US (3 fl oz, c 90ml). Shouldn't really be a problem for North American pilgrims since the US limit is lower than the EU

From the EU FAQ

22. Which rules apply to flights to the United States?

For the last six weeks, strict rules on liquids have been applied to flights bound for the USA. The new rules adopted by the Commission are very close to the US ones. From our contacts with the Transport Security Administration, we have good reason to expect that the administration will consider them equivalent to US rules, so that only one set of rules would apply to flights from the EU to the USA.


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As of today (November 6th 2006), these rules are now in effect. So no wine in your luggage if you are flying home from Santiago de Compostela :-(

From aena ( here are some details of what these new rules include:

To protect you against the new threat of liquid explosives, the European Union (EU) has adopted new security rules that restrict the amount of liquids that you can take through security checkpoints. They apply to all passengers departing from airports in the EU whatever their destination.

This means that, at security checkpoints, you and your hand luggage must be checked for liquids in addition to other prohibited articles. However, the new rules do not limit the liquids that you can buy at shops located beyond the point where you show your boarding pass or on-board an aircraft operated by an EU airline.

The new rules apply from Monday, 6th. November 2006 at all airports in the EU and in Norway, Iceland and Switzerland until further notice.


While packing

You are only allowed to take small quantities of liquids in your hand luggage. These liquids must be in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100 millilitres each. You must pack these containers in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity per passenger.

Liquids include:

- Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
- Creams, lotions and oils
- Perfumes
- Sprays
- Gels, including hair and shower gels
- Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
- Pastes, including toothpaste
- Liquid-solid mixtures
- Mascara
- Any other item of similar consistency

At the airport

To help screeners detect liquids, you must:

- Present all liquids carried to the screeners at security checkpoints for examination

- Take off your jacket and/or coat. They will be screened separately whilst you are screened

- Remove laptop computers and other large electrical devices from your hand luggage. They will be screened separately whilst you are screened.


You can still:

- Pack liquids in bags that you check-in - the new rules only affect hand luggage

- Carry in your hand luggage medicines and dietary requirements, including baby foods, for use during the trip. You may be asked for proof that they are needed

- Buy liquids such as drinks and perfumes either in an EU airport shop when located beyond the point where you show your boarding pass or on-board an aircraft operated by an EU airline.

If they are sold in a special sealed bag, do not open it before you are screened – otherwise the contents may be confiscated at the checkpoint. (If you transfer at an EU airport, do not open the bag before screening at your airport of transfer, or at the last one if you transfer more than once).

All these liquids are additional to the quantities in the re-sealable plastic bag mentioned above.

If you have any doubts, please ask your airline or travel agent in advance of travel.

Please be courteous and co-operate with airport security and airline staff.
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unless you buy it in the airport shop!

True, but in Santiago the stores are before the security control and not after. This means that you cant bring it with you. Well, to be precise there are one or two small stores after the security control, but I doubt they have any wine.

Un saludo,


I've been okay with wine and other bottles in my checked luggage - wrapped in something soft and absorbent (like a towel), put in at least one plastic bag and then kept in the middle of the luggage. So far, no breakages.

BTW, I'm still not impressed both that you can't carry a reasonable quantity of water on board (without having to buy it at inflated prices) or that the (UK) Department of Transport haven't even sent me back a "thank you for your message" email after I tried to contact them following my last trip to Spain.


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