On the 23rd August, I travelled from Bangkok to Amsterdam with a connecting flight to Manchester UK. I purchased duty free alcohol in Bangkok which was sealed and the receipt contained within the transparent packaging. Landing at Amsterdam I was remained 'air side' and upon entering the departure gate for my Manchester flight, I was required to pass through security whereupon my alcohol was confiscated. I understand the restrictions which are in place, but the question I have is 'Why, when liquid is sold air side in one airport and placed in a transparent tamper proof sealed bag, can it not be transported to one's final destination?'
I would have understood if I'd have left the airport in Amsterdam, but remaining 'air side' for the duration of the journey surely makes this regulation rather foolish? The duty free shop at Bangkok assured me that I would be okay to retain the alcohol for my journey. Clearly they are more interested in selling rather than protecting the consumer. The Security at Schipol explained that duty free alcohol purchased outside the EU would have been allowed to be retained if my final destination was Schipol. As I was transiting then attempts to take more than 100 ml of liquid on any aircraft from there meant that it was liable to confiscation. It appears to matter not that the liquid is in a tamper proof sealed transparent bag, with receipt and the passenger has always remained 'air side'. How ridiculous is this? PASSENGERS BEWARE! If you purchase duty free alcohol outside the EU and are transiting on your journey, it will be confiscated! Its time the authorities saw sense with this. Also, there should be more liability placed upon the duty free retailers when/if they provide passengers with misinformation. After all, they ask for your boarding bass and ultimate destination so they too should burden some responsibility!