Boozing at the airport

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Everyone knows you cannot bring bottles through airport security anymore. Well, everybody, it seems, except a couple of Chinese gentlemen named Wang Tan and Yang Wu. They were carrying a tiger-shaped bottle as they went through security at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and were (unsurprisingly) told they couldn’t take any alcohol on the flight, reports Tencent’s news service. Both men viewed this as problematic since they’d paid Rmb8,000 ($1,288) for the bottle, which contained a rare ‘aphrodisiac wine’ made from powdered tiger bones. Having no good options, Wang and Yang calculated the least worst was to open the bottle of liquor and down it. However, as both took turns to chug away at the bottle they were finally stopped by security staff who warned them that they’d soon be considered too drunk to board. Reluctant to miss their flight, the travellers relinquished the unfinished bottle. They also walked in a straight line to prove they were not too drunk. “We both can drink like a fish,” Wang later said, though added he’d learned his lesson: “We won’t bring this kind of stuff anymore. If we do, we will register it as checked baggage.”

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