Warning Concerning TSA Procedures
We returned from CN on May 7 after a wonderful 7 days. I had read on this message board about purchasing duty free liquor at the airport on your way home. You can carry it directly on the plane for your flight back to the US. If you have a connecting flight, you must put it in your checked luggage before going through the final check point. I purchased 5 bottles of jerk sauce, 5 oz each, and another bottle that was 12 oz while at the airport in Jamaica and put 5 bottles in my backpack and the 12 oz bottle in my wifes backpack. Before we could enter the waiting area at our gate in Jamaica, we were patted down and my backpack was opened and searched and my bottles were OK. When we arrived in Ft Lauderdale, we went through Customs then picked up our checked bags. We sent checked bags and backpacks through an xray machine. We then left our checked bags with our airline. We then went to ANOTHER checkpoint ran by TSA. They took my cirgarette light, OK. My wife and I put our backpacks through the xray and were told they needed to be searched. My wife had hers opened and they looked at the 12 oz bottle and put it back in and she was cleared. They took 3 bottles out of my backpack and told me they were over 3 oz and were not allowed. I tried to explain that I had purchased them after going through security in Jamaica and was searched there and they were approved. She said that what they allowed in Jamaica was not what they allowed. She then put my backpack back through xray and found another bottle which she removed. She did not find the 5th bottle and I was allowed to go. What I tried to explain, to no avail, was that I had not left a secure area and if I had I understood that it was not allowed. She was so arrogant that she would not listen to anything. Final point! If TSA is so concerned about safety, how did my 5th bottle get through and my wifes bottle was deemed OK? Just be sure to put all liquids in your checked bags if you really want to get it home. The TSA woman is probably enjoying Jerk Chicken using my jerk sauce she Stole from me.