8

I'm changing planes at LHR soon. My incoming flight arrives at T3, and my departing flight is from T5. If I bring duty-free alcohol in my hand luggage from my initial airport of departure, will it be confiscated when transferring terminals at London Heathrow?

  • 3
    Airport shop cashiers ask if you have a connecting flight, if so they put your purchases into a sealed clear plastic bag. Such bags are allowed through connecting flight security. – Reuben Mallaby Dec 7 '16 at 14:48
  • If nothing else, you'll probably fall foul of the limitations on the amount of liquid you can have in your hand luggage. – Dancrumb Dec 8 '16 at 23:23
4

When you buy duty free it is in a sealed bag. As long as it remains in this sealed bag it should be fine unless there are some specific extra checks at Heathrow that I'm unaware of.

  • 3
    Thats the problem. If there is a securtiy check (and there used to be one), your alcohol gets confiscated. – Gnusper Dec 7 '16 at 12:45
  • 2
    Airport shop cashiers ask if you have a connecting flight, if so they put your purchases into a sealed clear plastic bag. Such bags are allowed through connecting gflight security. – Reuben Mallaby Dec 7 '16 at 14:47
  • Note that you won't get sealed bags everywhere; e.g., some places in east Asia, AIUI, basically only have normal shopping bags. – gsnedders Dec 7 '16 at 15:55
  • 1
    I have seen many warnings that the sealed bags are only for the airport where you buy the liquids, not ones farther down the travel. – Willeke Dec 7 '16 at 16:25
  • 1
    @Gnusper Your comment specifically implies that alcohol in a sealed duty-free bag from e.g. a US airport will get confiscated at Heathrow, which has not been the case for a long time. Perhaps you can link to reliable information on a more recent change, though? – E.P. Dec 7 '16 at 19:49
4

From my personal experience: No it is not possible because of security checks at T5.

This experience is a few years old, but security rules became more strict the last years on not more relaxed - so I won't assume they abandoned this security check.

  • 3
    +1 Every time I've connected via LHR I've had to go through a security screening. – Kris Dec 7 '16 at 13:22
  • Thank you @Kris , so apparently it did not change – Gnusper Dec 7 '16 at 13:29
  • 2
    You should be able to take anything in a sealed duty free bag through security, notwithstanding the liquids requirements. (They're likely to open the bag and will offer to re-seal it if you have another onwards connection.) – gsnedders Dec 7 '16 at 15:56

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.