Two flyers were allowed to chug endangered tiger bone wine at an airport security checkpoint when told it exceeded the specified liquid allowance.
Purchasing wine made from a majestic, endangered animal is a questionable ethical decision. Drinking said questionable concoction for its purported aphrodisiac properties exhibits poor taste and dubious decision-making, but showing up at airport security with a full bottle of it is downright poor planning.
According to Chinese-language newspaper Tencent, as reports Shanghaiist, it wasn’t the nature of the concoction in their carry-on that caused Wang Tan and Yang Wu trouble with security at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) — it was the fact their tiger bone wine exceeded the designated liquid allowance. The pair of travelers reportedly pleaded with agents at the security checkpoints to make an exception, noting the reputed aphrodisiac cost nearly $1,300 a bottle.
“Little girl, it’s good stuff inside,” the Wang told one of the agents, attempting to plea their case in the worst way possible. “It’s aphrodisiac wine that was bought from my buddy’s hometown. You know it’s very, very expensive.”
Unfortunately for the two me, the security officer was unmoved by their argument. The sophisticated wine connoisseurs then did exactly what might be expected. Photographs show Wang and Yang chugging the bone wine from a tiger-shaped bottle in the security line to avoid having to throw it out.
Security officers gave the pair an ad hoc sobriety test, making them prove they could walk in a straight line before allowing them to continue onto their flight.
“We both can drink like a fish, but we’re afraid of wasting the aphrodisiac,” Wang told Tencent. “We won’t bring this kind of stuff any more. If we do, we will register it as checked baggage.”