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Will pressure affect a bottle of Champagne in checked airline luggage?

The question

I want to bring a bottle of Champagne on the plane in my checked luggage. Will the pressure affect it?

The answer

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Unless you're flying Third World Air, there should be no issue.

As far as I know, the cargo compartments in most commercial airliners are pressurized. On jets that carry pets, they also are heated.

Although the plane's interior goes through small changes in atmospheric pressure (which cause your ears to pop and sometimes makes flimsy shampoo bottles leak through the cap), your rigid Champagne bottle – notwithstanding the high internal pressure of the carbon dioxide – will be fine.

Theory aside, take it from somebody who's flown with sparkling wine more times than he cares to count. I've never lost a drop – or a bubble.

E-mail your wine and spirits questions to Beppi Crosariol. Look for answers to select questions to appear in the Wine & Spirits newsletter and on The Globe and Mail website.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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