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Woman Chugs Bottle of Cognac, Rolls Around Airport Floor

Woman Chugs Bottle of Cognac, Rolls Around Airport Floor
Jeff Edwards

When security told this woman she couldn’t take a bottle of cognac on her flight, she wasn’t about to let $200 worth of booze go to waste.

A fine cognac is meant to be sipped, but one traveler at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) deemed Rémy Martin XO Excellence precious enough to be chugged in order to avoid liquid restrictions.

When the woman, identified with the surname Zhao, was informed by airport security that she wouldn’t be allowed to board her connecting flight from Beijing to Wenzhou with the $200 liquor she’d purchased at a U.S. airport and stored in her carry-on, she made the questionable decision to imbibe the entire contents of the 700ml bottle.

PEK officers say Zhao’s Pyrrhic victory quickly took a turn for the worse. While she successfully avoided seeing fine cognac carelessly discarded, police were called to her departure gate when the expensive bender had left a mark on the thrifty flyer. Zhao was rolling around on the airport floor when officers arrived.

“She was so drunk … she couldn’t even stand up herself,” an officer told South China Morning Post. “We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest.”

Although Zhao was ultimately denied boarding and spent several hours sleeping off her buzz, when she awoke, she wasn’t angry at all. According to reports, she was actually very grateful toward the officers who’d cared for her. She was released later that day into the custody of family members.

Zhao’s plight is reminiscent of the two travelers who chugged an entire bottle of wine made from the bones of an endangered tiger, rather than forfeit the expensive liquor and purported aphrodisiac at an airport security checkpoint. In this case, however, the chugging travelers had a slightly higher alcohol tolerance levels and were allowed to board their flight after passing an ad hoc sobriety test.

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