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Another LHR question—Liquids with a T5 connection

I’ll be transiting Heathrow (less than ideal, I know), from Madrid to JFK. The transit will be all T5, but in the B or C gates. Will I have any issue with the duty free vermouth I’ll have in my carry on from the duty free at MAD?

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I know that you will go through security again at Heathrow. I’m not sure how that impacts your situation. I’m a little pessimistic it will work.

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The previous answer I had here was wrong. Scroll down to see what I found.

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We have found Heathrow security to be one of the more vigilant ones in an airport so best to be prepared for liquid restrictions.

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Once I purchased Jo Malone cologne on the flight into Heathrow . The flight attendant sealed the cologne is a clear plastic bag with the receipt visible. I just put that on the security inspection belt next to my quart liquids. Wouldn't do that again, since I can purchase the same in the Duty- free Heathrow shops, I was a newbie then. Actually, the shops at the Madrid airport should be able to answer that question. Or ask on your flight on the way over. Good luck!

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Maybe I’m confused on what’s being asked but we bought duty free gin and whisky at the Dublin airport. They package it with all your flight numbers so you need to have your boarding passes handy. Yes, we went through security with a connecting flight in Heathrow but had no problems with the duty free liquor. In fact, the most problems we had was security in Seattle but then it wasn’t a flight on the same ticket. They put all the individual bottles thru a scanner but still completed security with them.

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My previous answer was wrong. Here is what I found on the British Airways website:

You can buy duty-free liquids, gels or cream products of more than 100ml from airport shops or on board when you have a connecting flight, provided that they have been sealed at the point of purchase in a Security Tamper Evident Bag with the receipt inside. If you buy items on board, please ask cabin crew to do this for you.

So, you can. Just make sure the folks in Madrid wrap it proprrly with the receipt showing. Don't be surprised if Heathrow security opens your bag for inspection.

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Confirming what Frank II said.

According to the good folks on FlyerTalk, this will be OK as long as the seal on the bag is intact and the receipt is clearly visible.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1672797-connecting-heathrow-duty-free-2.html

However, I think it is possible or even likely that you will be pulled out for secondary inspection. Depending on how busy they are and the mood of the inspector, this can add 15-20 minutes to the time needed to get through security.

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We just did this last Wednesday at Heathrow. The sealed yellow plastic bags containing the liquor were put in the gray bin and went through the scanner just like the rest of our carryon items. And we picked up on the other side. No problems whatever. And the inspector was very grumpy warning everyone if there was even the smallest bit of a liquid container in our carryons that we could expect to be detained for 40 minutes.

I should add that the inspector did make sure the seal had not been broken on the bags. We were advised to use the airport duty free at the Dingle Distillery. I’m pretty sure that they would not have advised if there was a chance that your purchase would be confiscated.

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Thanks all.

I guess I’ll ask at MAD if they’ll seal my bag, and if they can, I’ll give it a try. (The last couple times I bought there they didn’t—but maybe that was destination based as I flew direct to the US.

I’m definitely expecting SSSS secondary inspection prior to boarding—it’s a short-notice, one-way ticket. Having been pulled for it a number of times I mostly know what to expect, which makes it a little smoother.

And someone has mentioned buying other vermouth… Spanish vermut is its own thing. Even in MAD’s duty free, where they have loads of mass market Italian Martini&Rossi, the local vermut is tucked away in the tiny “from Spain” section.