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Old 31-03-2011, 09:51   #1
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Traveling by Air with Lifejackets in the Luggage ?

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Does anybody have the experience of traveling by airplane with lifejackets in their luggage . I mean the automatic ones, those with Hammar kit (CO2 Gas cylinder and re-arming pack) ?
Could it be a source of problem whit the company ? Is it necessary to declare this material before the travel ? Or is it simply stupid to imagine doing this ?
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Old 31-03-2011, 10:20   #2
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

To be on the safe side I would ask about it to the airlines you are using. There are a lot of small differences with requirements when it comes to luggage among airlines. What some allow is refused by others. You might be better off packaging them in a cardboard box an having them put through as sports gear which shouldn't cost much more if any. They get handled seperately from the normal luggage.
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

Just don't try this with your carry-on.
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

Do it all the time. In my carry on. With the cartridge installed. Just take it out and put it in its own bin. Because its a life saving device it is allowed. Although they might need to look it up in their big three ring binder. Been through that one. Give yourself extra time to get through security. So far, in my experience, this is true for US, St Marteen, Antigua, USVI, Trinidad. Don't know its it accurate universally.
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Old 31-03-2011, 11:36   #5
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

Fine as a carry-on. Do a google search. I researched it quite a bit as I've had several flights in the past year with an inflatable and an arming kit. Southwest Airlines had no issue at all.

The key is to research the airline you're flying as their own regulations vary.
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

TSA: Prohibited Items
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Old 31-03-2011, 11:51   #7
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

Wow...I'm surprised at the responses...I figured a CO2 cylinder would be a non-starter in a hand carry...go figure.
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

From the latest Updated TSA Prohibited Items brochure:

http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/prohib...s_brochure.pdf

"Small compressed gas cartridges - Up to 2 in life vests and 2 spares"
Carry-on YES
Checked YES

Always wondered about it and was going to check anyway as I wanted to fly with mine in Carry-on later this spring.

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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

Thanks a lot for your answers. The TSA brochure is quite helpful... I have now arguments before calling my airline company (Lufthansa) to be sure that also accept these items....
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

I've made 2 trips down to Greece from Stockholm delivering to my boat 2 life jackets at a time. Both trips were with Lufthansa and had no problem.

I tried to find on their site the rules for them without success, so I then looked on the Qantas site (I'm Australian which is why I tried them) and found they had rules saying you can take 2 co2 canisters. I figured that other airlines would be the same and never bothered to ask Lufthansa.

On my first trip I had taken the canister off the jackets and when I unpacked my bag found that they were inside my socks. So at either Stockholm, Frankfurt or Athens (flew domestic) someone did examine them.

The next trip I took the hint and packed accordingly. 4 down 2 more to go
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

Thanks Hoppy,
Since I have found the information regarding Lufthansa at this address (page 4)... It looks like it will be OK

http://www.lufthansa.com/mediapool/p...0dangereux%20(
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Re: Traveling by air with lifejackets in the luggage ?

I am surprised at the carry on as those same cartridges can be used in an air gun. SO let me get this straight CO2 - ok, toenail clippers - not ok.
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I am surprised at the carry on as those same cartridges can be used in an air gun. SO let me get this straight CO2 - ok, toenail clippers - not ok.
we are talking check-in, not carry on
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Re: Traveling by Air with Lifejackets in the Luggage ?

HI !
I have the answer : I am in Kusadasi (Turkey) ... And I had no problem to travel... I show my 2 Small compressed gas cartridges and 2 spares at the check-in in Roissy (Paris), and after a call, they agree and accept them.....
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Re: Traveling by Air with Lifejackets in the Luggage ?

http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/...ersAndCrew.pdf


The FAA site says it is allowed... 2 on the jacket and 2 spares.... but at the discretion of the airline... so you would need to check first... don't smuggle it on with out checking first... it is considered hazardous and must still be declared!
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