Hi I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but thought I'd try to warn others so they don't fall into the trap we did.
When we got to Cairo airport we went to the duty free and asked the person at the till if it was ok for us to buy 200 cigarettes and a ltr bottle of booze each to take back to Scotland despite us having a stop over at Schipol of about 4 hours. The teller spoke very good English, so no misunderstanding! He informed us it was 100% ok and placed the purchases in a sealed clear poly bag.
Well it isn't. When we went to through security at Schipol airport prior to getting the flight to Edinburgh the Dutch (charming NOT) security were totally uninterested in anything we had to say and demanded we dispose of the 2 bottles of booze. According to the Dutch security our problem was very common and blamed Cairo for "just ripping off tourists" QUOTE. I was not at all sure our 2 lovely bottles of special vodka weren't going to be drunk by the security lot so to their amazement I opened 1 bottle and had a huge gulp of the vodka, this was about 10.30 AM! The remainder I then poured down the basin in the toilets as I was not going to have anybody else enjoy it. Only positive was I slept most of the flight to Edinburgh!!! HIC. I still don't quite understand why this is the case other than strictly speaking we were flying from 1 EEC country to another altho we hadn't put a toenail out of Schipol Airport. Very annoying and we ended up with no duty free booze at all. Hey ho so please make sure you understand the flaming riules these days and don't get caught out as we did.