How are you transporting your whisky, post 9/11?October 4th, 2008
Before 9/11, while traveling, I used to bring those special bottles of whiskies that I just bought on the plane as carry-on luggage. As you all know, we can’t do that any more. We have to check our whisky and put our trust in (gasp!) the luggage handlers at the airport. This is something we all have to deal with, so I was wondering how everyone handles this logistically.
I’ll get the discussion started by telling you what I do. Next week I am traveling to San Francisco for WhiskyFest. I’m taking one of those cardboard shipping containers with the Styrofoam insert that has the built-in holes where you put the bottles. It holds six bottles, and I’m shipping it empty with the anticipation that I might fill it while in San Francisco. I’ll either bring it with me and check it as carry-on luggage or send it to my hotel ahead of time via UPS. Then, when I am leaving to come back home, I’ll either ship it back via FedEx or UPS, or I’ll bring it with me and check it as luggage. I’ve never had a problem either way (so far).
The downside to using a carrier like UPS is that it costs money to ship. But now that airlines are starting to charge for extra luggage, the costs might be comparable.
Sometimes the retailer where we buy whisky can ship it directly to our house. But, if we are bringing whisky back from overseas or live in a location that doesn’t allow alcohol to be shipped, we have fewer options.
What do you do?