Some friends of mine made an unhappy discovery when departing the Czech Republic with a long-sought bottle of wine (or two): their duty-free purchase was confiscated when making a connection in another EU airport.
As much as I complain about the security theater Americans abbreviate TSA, there is one upside to the system: once you’re in (and don’t connect in a stupid airport [ahem, JFK] where you have to exit and reenter secured areas when changing flights), you and your liquids are in. Put that chapstick back in your pocket, enjoy a long swig from your refilled water bottle — no one will bug you about those items again.
Unfortunately, if you are connecting onward through a European airport, you will be subject to repeated searches — necessitating the return of your chapstick to your 1L ziploc, the dumping of your secure-area beverages and, for the unlucky, the confisciation of your duty-free liquids, creams and gels.
How do you avoid this expensive dilemma? Find out after the jump.