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Flying with alcohol into Barrow, AK??

Old Oct 7, 14, 11:13 am
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Flying with alcohol into Barrow, AK??

Hey all,

I have my first trip to Alaska next month (visiting Fairbanks, Barrow, Seward, and Anchorage). I know that one cannot purchase alcoholic beverages inside of Barrow, but the possession of them is not illegal. Has anyone had any experience flying into Barrow with a bottle or two of booze? Is this legal and doable for the casual traveler?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

-RP3
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Old Oct 7, 14, 12:03 pm
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This is a good topic to seek the help of the readers of the Alaska forum. I'll move it there. Ocn Vw 1K, Moderator, TravelBuzz.
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Old Oct 7, 14, 12:23 pm
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Thank you!

Hey Alaska readers...can you help me out?
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Old Oct 7, 14, 2:13 pm
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Barrow is "damp", not "dry", so the sale of alcohol is prohibited, but bringing in alcohol from elsewhere for personal consumption is okay. As long as it's a relatively small quantity and you have no intention to resell it, you'll be fine.
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Why is alcohol banned in Barrow? I'm assuming due to the damaging effects of drinking on the population, but I would be interested to hear more.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 4:46 pm
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Originally Posted by BostonFlyer1624 View Post
Why is alcohol banned in Barrow? I'm assuming due to the damaging effects of drinking on the population, but I would be interested to hear more.
See:
http://commerce.state.ak.us/dnn/abc/...mmunities.aspx
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This is just the laws behind dry/damp cities. I was asking more of the WHY is Barrow damp vs. a place like Anchorage.
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This is just the laws behind dry/damp cities. I was asking more of the WHY is Barrow damp vs. a place like Anchorage.
Because Barrow has chosen to avail themselves of the local option laws. There are many complex reasons. Some of the publications of the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse address alcohol problems in Alaska. See:
http://dhss.alaska.gov/abada/Pages/publications.aspx
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Documents.../06_Barrow.pdf
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I've brought a couple liters up there before.

Going to dry villages like GAM,- that's less fun.
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We spent a night in Barrow a few years ago. We knew it was "damp" thanks to advice from FT. So we had half a bottle left over from FAI, and took that with us. No problems with TSA etc. This was before the ban on liquids for carry on. We stayed at the King Eider Inn which is probably the best place in town. They had a sign that said "no alcohol" but we didn't pay a lot of attention to that.
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Originally Posted by PIONEER View Post
We spent a night in Barrow a few years ago. We knew it was "damp" thanks to advice from FT. So we had half a bottle left over from FAI, and took that with us. No problems with TSA etc. This was before the ban on liquids for carry on. We stayed at the King Eider Inn which is probably the best place in town. They had a sign that said "no alcohol" but we didn't pay a lot of attention to that.
FYI BRW has a brand-new hotel that just opened- very nice looking inside. Top of the World.

Perhaps it will serve as a base for a future DO? Granted I've been there twice already and nearly missed my last flight due to low fog...it flew so low that flightaware indicated the plane had landed, but we couldn't see the a/c from the ground. After stopping in SCC, it made it back thankfully as I had work the next morning.
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