When an airport security screener told a woman she couldn’t carry a $265 bottle of French cognac aboard her flight because it exceeded the 100ml limit for liquids, the woman solved the problem by opening the bottle and gulping down all the contents.
The woman had bought the Remy Martin XO Excellence cognac on a trip to the US and then tried to take it aboard an internal flight from Beijing to Wenzhou after she returned to China, the BBC reported.
XO cognac is 40% alcohol by volume, so very strong. Drinking a 700ml bottle straight is about the same as drinking three bottles of red wine one after the other – all within minutes.
The incident occurred at Beijing Capital International Airport last Friday, the BBC said, and the woman, identified only by her surname Zhou, was forced to sleep it off at Beijing airport.
An airport officer told the South China Morning Post: “She was so drunk… she couldn’t even stand up. We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest.”
The woman was denied boarding and given medical care. People have died from drinking that much strong alcohol.
Airport authorities said it took the woman seven hours to sober up. She was released by police into the care of family members who came to pick her up. Presumably she didn’t feel very well at the time.
While the woman may have missed her flight, she did at least get to drink her cognac – though consumption in that manner is not what Remy Martin have in mind when they promote the sophisticated pleasure of savouring an after-dinner drink.
Written by Peter Needham