I buy my duty free bottle on my way back home from BZ, and it is fine on the first leg of the flight, but when I hit transfer point at Houston, the bottle has to be stowed in my checked luggage or it will be confiscated. Well, isn't that a kick in the pants? Generally, checked luggage is not back in your hands at that point. In order to keep them from confiscating your dutyfree booze, you can go over to the Continental desk before going up the escalator to security (over to the left of the luggage screening machines), and they will sell you a $20 box, that is supposed to protect your bottle. They then box it up, tape it up and put it into special luggage handling, right then and there. They give you a matching claim slip for it and it should arrive in one piece on the special luggage carousel at your home destination. (make sure duty free store puts those plastic mesh protectors on your bottles). I still have my original $20 box, and I take it down to BZ with me and use it over and over again, so I've got my monies worth out of it. Buying a new box every time I bought a duty free bottle would completely defeat the purpose of buying duty free. I hope this helps.
Last edited by seashell; 09/29/10 07:14 PM. Reason: attempt at clarity