Alright, so you've decided you've had enough of high liquor prices, particularly with the tightening economy, so you went out and purchased a liquor flask. Or maybe you received your flask as a keepsake gift for being in your buddies wedding party. Whatever the reason, now that you own one, you'll need to be aware of the legalities involved in carrying a liquor flask.
Firstly, you'll always want to remember to drink responsibly. No matter the reason or the occasion, stay in control. With that little public service announcement out of the way, let's get down to business. When is it alright (and, in fact, legal) to carry a flask. Think of a flask like you would a keg cup full of beer. Now let's explore the following scenarios:
1) Driving an automobile, boat, plane or any other large machine. The answer here is short and sweet: ILLEGAL! It is completely illegal under any circumstances to carry or drink from a flask while operating large machinery. The important thing to remember here is to not carry a flask or hold it on your person in any way. If you're bringing a full flask with you, keep it in the trunk.
2) Walking around in public. This one's a little trickier. It seems that you should be fine if you keep the lid of your flask closed, and keep the flask in your pocket. You don't want to take it out and drink from it in public though. Again, you might be fine, but why court trouble.
3) Hunting. Again, a trick scenario. A swig or two seems to be fine while hunting, but under no circumstances do you want to be operating firearms while impaired. We've also heard from several people that like to keep a flask filled with strong liquor on them while hunting for reasons like starting a fire or disinfecting a wound. It sounds like its not a bad idea to keep a filled flask on you for these reasons but be very careful about getting impaired.
4) At sporting events. You're absolutely fine legally. Again, consider a flask like you would an open beer. Do you see many open beers at sporting events? Of course you do. One caveat here is that the sporting facility may not be crazy about you having a flask (it will cost them money by you not buying from them) so be sure to be discreet and keep you flask in your pocket.
5) Bars. This is very similar to sporting events. You're fine legally but the bar owner will almost certainly have a problem with you carrying flask. Keep it discreet.
That about sums it up. We intend for this article to be a guide for you to reference concerning the legalities of carrying a liquor flask. If we hear of more scenarios that you need to be aware of, we will keep you posted.