Malati and I have been veteran tourists and have traversed across many countries in the world. We are not much fans of duty free shopping and my duty free shopping has always been limited to whiskey of a Johnny Walker kind which is easily available at Indian duty free shops on arrival. And so we pick up two bottles each (max permitted by Indian customs) on arrival in India. Saves us the hassle of lugging it around.
This time however on a request from my daughter I bought a bottle of Roku Gin from Narita Airport Duty free. I was on a Cathay flight to Hong Kong and onwards to Hyderabad with a short layover in Hong Kong. The kindly lady at the counter sealed the duty free bag with the bottle inside and repeatedly gave me specific instructions not to open the sealed package till my final destination.
Along with this briefing she handed me a leaflet-the contents of which is what I wanted to share with my readers. I was not fully aware of this and I am not sure how many of my readers are. Had I lost a bottle or two at any of the transit airports I would perhaps gotten wiser earlier. Nowhere in my travels has any one so explicitly explained the whole theory of STEB as clearly as this notice – A typical example of Japanese thoroughness. An STEB is an acronym for Security Tamper Evident Bag. The detailed specifications for this bag are laid down by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for carriage of Liquids Aerosols and Gels (LAG in airline parlance) which explains why duty free bags look identical across different duty free shops.
Here are some instruction from the leaflet in English and Japanese.Do go through.Would perhaps save you a bottle or two of your favourite brew!
EXTRACTS OF THE LEAFLET ISSUED at NARITA AIRPORT