German air passenger quaffs litre of vodka
Let's see, I can't take the bottle on the plane, so...
A 64-year-old German air passenger almost popped his clogs earlier this week after quaffing a litre of vodka officials told him he couldn't take on the aircraft.
According to Spiegel, the man was switching planes at Nuremberg airport en route from Egypt to Dresden. Security operatives informed him that, according to the terror-busting 100ml liquid limit regulations designed to stop al-Qaeda concealing binary liquid explosives in their hand luggage, he'd either have to pay extra to have his bag put into the hold or ditch the booze.
He magnificently rejected both proposals, and sank the entire bottle. The result was predictable enough. A police spokesperson said: "The vodka quickly had an effect."
A doctor called to the scene found the chap "unable to stand or function" and diagnosed life-threatening alcohol poisoning. Cue a trip to a Nuremberg hospital where the pickled German is still recovering. ®
Puzzled By Praise
Whether it's a ridiculous law or not, I don't know; or frankly much care. Personally I've never felt the need to fly with a litre bottle of vodka anyway. So maybe I'm not in a great position to comment on it (saying "it doesn't really affect me" would risk triggering the stock "first they came for the <whoever>" lectures).
But the notion that this was some heroic act of defiance by a noble defender of civil rights? That's deluded. This was an idiot being bolshy when faced with a rule that said he couldn't do what he wanted to do. His supposed 'protest' was foolish, and it's only blind luck he's still around. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he is: better that than the alternative. But while we can be pleased he's more or less okay, let's not lionise him as some sort of revolutionary, eh?
Had the same problem...
A mate had a 750ml bottle of holiday fire water confiscated from Schiphol airport this year whilst trying to board the plane - having bought it about 100 yards back in the duty free.
The bottle was still sealed in the duty free placcy bag when it went through x-ray, but the security bods still wanted to apply the 100ml rule. I offered to empty my bottle of aftersun and use that to mule some across the border, but the suggestion was not well recieved!
as an airport Security Officer, I would like to point out that all comments regarding the rules about this issue, must consider the Schengen countries (SC). Info on which countries are and will become SC's, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Agreement
when one takes a flight regardless of the country of departure and arrival, one is subjected to the limit of a maximum of 10 containers of maximum 100 ml's ofo "liquids" taken along in hand luggage. The list of considered "liquids" includes gels, some creams, some types of cheese, pastes (toothpaste e.g.)), lotions, oils and cosmetics.
when taking a connection flight FROM a SC TO another SC, OR from a non-SC to another non SC, no security checks of the hand luggage will be made, as long as one stays within the secure area of the airport (I.e. behind security check).
in any other case (transit from SC to non SC or from a SC to a non-SC), one will have to pass border control (customs) and behind that are, right, the Security people again.
At Brussels Airport (where I work) and many other in SCs, the airport authorities have separate piers for SC and non-SC. This enabled them to have the duty free shops being placed behind the security checkpoint of the SC part and THAT, Ladies and, Gentlemen, is when you can buy whatever you want.