Duty free and Aust international transit

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  1. Anna

    Anna Established Member

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    Last week some friends of mine bought duty free alcohol at Denpasar, which was delivered to them in a sealed bag at the departure gate after security screening. They arrived at SYD to transit to their next international flight and were astonished and irate to have their sealed-up duty free alcohol confiscated in the SYD international terminal before they were allowed to proceed to their next flight (which was actually to another Aust city but with international terminal departure).

    Any comments? It seems utterly ridiculous to me. If they had been on a domestic flight they would not have had a problem.
     

  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Unfortunately that is the norm in most places now. You can take duty free liquids on board only for the last flight, otherwise buy on arrival (where available). A right PITA. The alternatives are to put in checked bags (ie don't through check all the way) or, in this case, take a domestic flight for the last leg.
     
  3. NM

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    In Singapore, the DF shop staff were very good to ask if you have an onward connection in Australia and tell you that you cannot carry the DF purchases through the transit screening process. This was also clearly described in a brochure available at the entrance to the DF stores.

    As always, it is the passenger's responsibility to be informed and aware of the rules. There has been significant media coverage of the new rules. However, its quite possible that they were fed incorrect information by the DPS DF shop staff in order to ensure they made their purchases there. Or perhaps the DPS DF shop staff were just ignorant of the rules.

    Its a very sad situation when DF alcohol is not used for its intended purpose :shock: .
     
  4. serfty

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    or, at the very least, by the intended user ... :shock: :shock: :-| :-|
     
  5. Shano

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    Just so that I completely understand the current rules...

    I am flying HKG-SYD then transferring to a domestic SYD-MEL flight.

    So I can buy DF alcohol in HKG and carry onboard the HKG-SYD flight, and will subsequently be able to also carry this onboard my domestic SYD-MEL flight.

    If SYD-MEL was an international flight number then I wouldn't be alaloed to do this.
     
  6. Kiwi Flyer

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    Correct, as long as SYD-MEL is not departing from international terminal (QF or UA).
     
  7. Sequel

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    A definite bonanza for all the duty free stores in Australia airports.

    While transiting through Sydney last week I hadn't bought any grog, as I wasn't sure if I could keep it, but there were quite a few people in the transit screening lines feeling a little frustrated after the security told them they couldn't keep the grog they had just bought.

    It does seem a little over the top that you can go through screening, sit on an aircraft for 1 hr, and then have to go through screening again while never leaving airside, and not being able to keep items bought airside.

    And another thing - what is stopping 10 terrorist pooling thier 1L of fluids and making 10L of explosives? Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned it, they may not have thought of that yet (apart from the 3 months warning they were given that they were going to limit fluids).
     
  8. NM

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    The current rules are all detailed at this link on the Qantas web site. Read it and make sure you understand it and comply.

    Note that our government has decided that only international flights are at risk of liquid-based terror activities.
     
  9. Shano

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    Thanks guys. I should copy that information and keep in my travel file for reference.

    I need to re-read my posts before submitting - "alaloed"??????????? I seem to have caught that dyslexic finger disease that is going around :oops:
     
  10. Kiwi Flyer

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    and inbound ones as well :rolleyes:
     
  11. simongr

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    The excellent rules about not congregating around the loos will easily see that risk off (if you are flying to the US that is).
     
  12. Kiwi Flyer

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    No it won't. Nothing stopping swapping liquids with your seat neighbours. Or for that matter leaving yours in the loo for the next person to use.
     
  13. simongr

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    I guess I was missing the [sarcasm] [/sarcasm] tags :(
     
  14. Kiwi Flyer

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    It is funny seeing the approach by various airlines.

    UA all serious and try their best to enforce it.
    QF and NZ - preface the announcement by something along the lines "we realise this is silly but we are required by US law to tell you that ...", and no enforcement.
    SQ and LAN - similar but less obvious about it.
     
  15. simongr

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    I have actually only heard it on a QF flight AKL-LAX - not HKG-LAX (CX) or SYD-LAX (QF).
     
  16. yo yo ma

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    Be careful about this... I once had a bottle of Kaluha that smashed in the bag... Won't do that again!
     
  17. JohnK

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    I can confirm from my experience last week that this exactly the case. I bought duty free in SIN and was able to bring it back to SYD via a domestic flight from BNE.
     
  18. Evan

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    Yep, can confirm i have done it twice since the new rules, just goto watch it is a real domestic !, NOT a log on an international flight.

    (GF had a HKG-MEL flight that transited ADL and they were warned it would not be possible to take the duty free liquids)

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  19. kristo1

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    The Qantas site seems to conflict with itself.
    If I am travelling from Sydney to Frankfurt via Singapore and change airlines/flights at Changi into a QAN flight, can I take on board, in hand luggage Duty Free alcohol purchased in Sydney.
     
  20. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    No liquids or gels greater than 100ml in size in carry on luggage. That is assuming you get off the aircraft and pass through security again, which you are doing. I think it would be OK if staying on the same flight and did not get out of aircraft whilst in transit.

    You can purchase duty free alcohol in SIN and they will deliver it to your gate in. Most times it is cheaper than SYD anyway.

    Changi Airport Security.
     
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