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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?

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    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. Dec 7, 2016 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, 2016 at 23:23

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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.

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    Thats the problem. If there is a securtiy check (and there used to be one), your alcohol gets confiscated.
    – Gnusper
    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:45
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    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. Dec 7, 2016 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, 2016 at 15:55
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    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, 2016 at 16:25
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    @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, 2016 at 19:49
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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.

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    +1 Every time I've connected via LHR I've had to go through a security screening.
    – Kris
    Dec 7, 2016 at 13:22
  • Thank you @Kris , so apparently it did not change
    – Gnusper
    Dec 7, 2016 at 13:29
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    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, 2016 at 15:56

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