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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I'm planning a trip to Hawaii. Is there any evidence of wine being affected by air travel?
—Jon K., Sacramento, Calif.
It's most dangerous to arrive at your destination without anything good to drink! But air travel does bring up a few concerns for wine. If the wine is checked as baggage, the changes in temperature and air pressure in the plane's storage area can mess with a wine's health. Store your wine in insulated containers, cross your fingers and hope that the corks won't leak.
It's safer to bring the wine with you as carry-on luggage, into the temperature- and pressure-controlled cabin. However, don't be tempted to crack open a bottle to make the trip more fun; federal regulations prohibit drinking a wine that isn't served to you by a flight attendant.
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