I know you know you can buy nip by plane, you will soon forget those prices!
But can you bring your own nip to the plane?
The nip is a small bottle of alcohol, also known as:
- Aircraft shot
- Mini liquor bottle
Let’s take a look at the related rules.
TSANips Alcohol Regulations
TSA does not specifically mention alcohol on its website. However, this is a related screenshot of the TSA website.
If the bottle is smaller than 3.4 ounces or 100 ml and the alcohol content does not exceed 70% ABV, you can put a nip in your carry-on baggage
Alcohol nips are usually 50 ml and have an ABV strength of about 40%. This means that you can pack nips in your carry-on baggage, but they must fit in a quart-sized liquid bag.
A bag for shower gel and shampoo. By throwing away the toiletries, you can create extra space for the nip. Only 1 quart size bags are allowed per passenger.
How many mini bottles can I carry on an airplane?
PavLee asked the same question and asked @AskTSA for an answer on Twitter.
As you can see, @ AskTSA replied that it could take enough nip to fit comfortably in a quart-sized liquid bag.
The quart is 946 ml and the nip is only 50 ml. If you don’t consume shampoo or other liquids, you can put a sufficient amount of nip in the liquid bag and get completely intoxicated.
I think you can take at least 15 nip with you on your liquid bag plane. The bottle should take up some space and the bag should be closed comfortably.
Of course, you don’t need to pack shampoo or shower gel.
And now for the bad news …
Serving alcohol on flights is not allowed
You can pack a nip in your carry-on baggage, but it is illegal to pour drinks on an airplane.
Doing so can be very fine, and if you try to secretly serve alcohol when the flight attendant isn’t looking, you risk a lot.
After all, drunk passengers can cause serious confusion and result in flight detours. The Flight Attendant plays the bartender and decides if you’re cool enough to drink another drink.
JetBlue is the only airline that allows you to drink your own alcohol. If you ask politely and you are calm, they will obey the law by providing you with your own nip.
You can ask the FAs of other flights to provide your nip, but it may be said that it is the company’s policy not to allow this.
You must also be at least 21 years old to legally possess alcohol. Just because you’re on an airplane doesn’t change that.
Carry-on baggage can be carried on board as long as it is in a liquid bag and in a container of 100 ml or 3.4 oz or less.
But you can’t drink your nip on a plane unless you fly JetBlue.
I know that many people ignore this rule and sneak a sip when no one is looking.
Only you can determine if the risk is worth it, but the FAA fines are not small.