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I’m traveling to Paris from Edinburgh next week and confused whether I could get a frappuccino from Starbucks for the flight? I'm not sure if I could get one because of security?

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    It's a liquid so it won't make it past security. – JoErNanO Nov 29 '17 at 23:29
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    you can't, but chances are it'll be warm and undrinkable after the security queue, boarding wait, etc ... Go to the airport 30 minutes before and enjoy your frapuccino ! Also, order it without cream on top. – rupps Nov 30 '17 at 1:12
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    I recommend using a freight plane. Make sure the barista inside brings his/her passport. :-) – HRSE Nov 30 '17 at 6:07
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    Seriously, I bet there are plenty of Starbucks in both Edinburgh and Paris. The flight is what, an hour? I guess I am oldschool, but I think you can wait for one hour to get an overpriced "coffee" from a known tax-evader. – Reinstate Monica - dirkk Dec 1 '17 at 7:32
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    @dirkk that is beyond the point. Lots of people like a snack or drink while on a plane/train/car ride. Your opinion on Starbucks has nothing to do with the question. – Summer Dec 1 '17 at 9:18
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A Frappuccino is considered a liquid. For carry-on luggage, the UK only allows a single small resealable bag of liquids holding containers 100ml or less. Your Frappuccino would not qualify.

You cannot bring it through airport security. If there is a Starbucks past the security checkpoint, you can buy one there and bring it on board.

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    There are actually 8 Starbucks(!) in Paris Charles de Gaulle - looks the ones with Zone réservée next to them are the ones after security :) parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/shops/shopping/store/… – Danny Beckett Nov 30 '17 at 12:29
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    I think he's flying from Edinburgh to Paris. – DJClayworth Nov 30 '17 at 14:25
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    @kirkpatt I've been told by security that ice is fine to bring, even though water is not. God help you if it melts while you're in line, though. – Kat Nov 30 '17 at 18:25
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    @kirkpatt according to the answers here a frozen frappuccino might be considered a liquid either way. I've been told ice is OK, but the info seems murky when it comes to explicit drinks. – Thebluefish Nov 30 '17 at 18:29
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    @RussellMcMahon Last time I checked, Qantas don't fly between Edinburgh and Paris :) – Danny Beckett Dec 1 '17 at 6:02
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You can't bring a coffee through security since, as the other answers say, it violates the rules for what liquids can go through security. However, you can buy a coffee after security and take it on the plane. It seems there's no Starbucks after security at Edinburgh but there's a Costa and a Caffe Nero (map).

Indeed, even before the current restrictions, you couldn't bring coffees through security: I tried it once and had to bin it. They can't put your coffee through the X-ray machine because of the risk of spills; visual inspection won't detect any objects you might have hidden in it.

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    Your second paragraph is a great point! – Fattie Dec 2 '17 at 18:53
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As the other answers have pointed out:

  1. a frappuccino is a liquid;
  2. Liquids are only allowed through security in containers holding less than 100ml, and all of those containers must fit in a single small resealable bag.

So the obvious solution is to take a large number of small bottles and decant your frappuccino into portions smaller than 100ml (you'll probably find a tiny funnel helpful).

Give it a go and let me know how you get on. :)

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    This is a somewhat tongue in cheek answer, but might technically work. And I don't see the harm in trying; airport security staff are famous for their sense of humour... – tardigrade Nov 30 '17 at 16:51
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    @tardigrage - "sense of humour" in two very opposite senses. Which will apply to you on a given day deepends. – Russell McMahon Nov 30 '17 at 18:55
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    This should work, and it's actually my biggest beef with this idiotic system. If I come to security with a 500ml bottle of water, they make drink it or toss it. But if I bring the empty bottle, and the 500ml divided in five 100ml containers, now everything's fine. I can even refill my water bottle before I put my belt back. – Martin Argerami Nov 30 '17 at 22:22
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    Sounds like a market opportunity. Make a "drink splitter" with several 100 ml bottles that is quick enough and easy enough to use that you can do so before security. :D – Wildcard Dec 1 '17 at 6:39
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    I done exactly what the answer suggested in Newark; actually, the security people recommended doing exactly that when they told me I couldn't take the liquid through security. I went back out through security, divided the liquid (honey in this case) into several small bottles, and then cleared the checkpoint unimpeded. This was in 2010, though. – ajd Dec 2 '17 at 0:32
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A somewhat facetious answer, but the only way to get your 100+ mL or hot drink through security is if YOU are the container.

Drink up in the queue and bin the cup at the top of the line, and everyone is happy - although you're more likely to need a "pitstop" somewhere before your destination.

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    This should be the accepted answer. – Rui F Ribeiro Dec 1 '17 at 3:29
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It's even become a 'newsworthy' checked item, and not just for the liquid content.

Firstly, it's liquid (even fraps), so while a tiny espresso or macchiato might be under the 100ml rule, most coffees will not be allowed through.

Secondly, even if bought after security, some Starbucks drinks are now being checked for explosives(!!).

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    my uk experience is that is not only does the product need to be under 100ml, but it needs to have the volume displayed on the container. So the espresso may not be allowed. – Martin Capodici Nov 30 '17 at 3:38
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    @MartinCapodici indeed, as in the linked rule website, it's the capacity of the container. So,it 'might be under'. – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Nov 30 '17 at 3:57
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    I'm not sure how relevant TSA is to a flight from Edinburgh to Paris... – Peter Taylor Nov 30 '17 at 9:44
  • @PeterTaylor Europe uses the same liquid rules as the US so it doesn't make much difference. – David Richerby Nov 30 '17 at 9:57
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    @DavidRicherby, let me rephrase: I'm not sure how relevant TSA going beyond the rules is to a flight from Edinburgh to Paris. – Peter Taylor Nov 30 '17 at 10:45
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You won't be able to bring a liquid you bought before security because of the 100ml liquid rule, as has been pointed out. However it's usually fine to bring a coffee you bought on the secure air side on to the plane. If you are concerned about spills you could bring an empty travel mug or similar with you and transfer your drink.

I've never flown from Edinburgh specifically but I regularly fly trans-Atlantic and the only time I've encountered an airport that didn't have a coffee shop air side (maybe not Starbucks specifically but some sort of purveyor of liquid caffeine) was when the terminal was being remodelled and all of the shops were closed.

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