I bought some whisky in Kuala Lumpur and have since travelled to Bogotá for a few days. Can I bring the sealed duty free bag with the whisky from KL back through security at Bogotá on my return flight to London (as hand luggage)? Is the sealed, tamper-proof bag exempt from the liquids 100ml requirement?

I have a feeling it is not allowed, but thought I'd check.

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    I do believe the sealed bag is allowed only for a limited time (24-48 hours), and in fact you can see the receipt in the sealed bag. I've passed through security with those bags at non-connecting airports before, but it was always on the day I bought it or the day after. Aug 23, 2022 at 20:33
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    thanks - I also found this on the web a few seconds ago - confirming what you said "You must carry the receipt for this purchase with you on all legs of your flight, and the duty free items must have been purchased within the last 48 hours. The TSA changed this rule to permit use of secure, tamper-evident bags in August 2014." Good to know for future - thanks for the quick response! Aug 23, 2022 at 20:52
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    The TSA is a United States government agency. The rules could well be different in Colombia.
    – phoog
    Aug 23, 2022 at 21:01

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Highly Unlikely.

I don't think you can get a definitive answer before you actually get there, but chances are low. In most places you need present a receipt or it's packed in the bag and must be visible. Trying to explain how a bottle of whiskey bought a week ago in Kuala Lumpur is still somehow a "sealed duty free" status when you enter Bogota airport seems a stretch.

The main purpose of the bags is

  1. Discourage customer from consuming alcohol before and during the flight
  2. Granting carry on status for duty free liquids if a security check is happening during a transit for the same itinerary where the duty flight was purchased.

You'll never know, but my recommendation would be to check, drink it, or gift it.

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