Woman downs whole bottle of cognac at airport security

Bottle 'chugged' after being told it would not be allowed in her hand luggage

Woman Chugs Entire Bottle of Cognac at Airport Security
A Chinese woman at Beijing airport was told she would not be allowed to board her flight while carrying her newly-purchased bottle of cognac in her hand luggage.

But instead of throwing it away, the woman, determined not to lose the money she had spent, decided to chug the whole lot.

The £120 bottle was spotted at security control. She was told she was not allowed to take liquids on board her flight and that she would be prevented from boarding.

But, despite then drinking the entire bottle, she still didn't make it on her flight, reports The Guardian.

The woman, who has been named only as Zhao, was then deemed too drunk to fly by staff at Beijing Capital international airport when she collapsed shortly after drinking the bottle of Rémy Martin XO Excellence.

'Rolling on the ground'

She is believed to have purchased the cognac at a US airport and was in transit through Beijing, where she was due to take a domestic flight to Wenzhou. Staff told her she was not allowed to carry the bottle because it exceeded the 100ml limit.

One local paper described how she had started shouting at the departure gate before collapsing. "She was rolling on the ground, shouting," a police officer told the Beijing Times.

She was taken back to the airport lounge in a wheelchair and the airport's medical staff were called to assist her, the officer added.

The South China Morning Post reported that the woman woke up seven hours later and thanked police for assisting her, and that family members had arrived to escort her home.