Being at the pointy end of these airborne projectiles, could allow me to shed some light for you.
The governing of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods
on board aircraft throughout the world is determined by a group called IATA (International Air Transport Association) and NOT THE AIRLINES. This book is huge and covers all dangerous goods
. All except a few Russian/Chinese carriers are bound by these regulations and very few carriers impose further restrictions, but that is rare as that affects their bottom dollar and we all know where this stands with the Accountants. On top of this certain government authorities then add their own state restrictions. Unfortunately for you and I, these regulations change every year.
Without boring you with finite detail, here are some guidelines. The items discussed so far in this Forum are classed into one of these areas:
1 Explosive substances and articles
3 Flammable liquids
4.1 Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitized explosives
4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
4.3 Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
5.1 Oxidizing substances
5.2 Organic peroxides
6.1 Toxic substances
6.2 Infectious substances
7 Radioactive material
8 Corrosive substances
9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles
Originally Posted by name='Converted Post'
Wonder if anyone has pointed out the fact, that there are about 350 ´dangerous´ compressed gas cylinders integrated into 350, in fact, life vests on board all planes. Indeed they have to be there, it´s the law.....
All the gasses that you elude to are all listed in the IATA Dangerous Goods Manual - Carriage of Dangerous onboard aircraft (section 2.2). With gas cylinders, the regulations state that explicit approval of the airline or aircraft operator that you are going to fly with. You will need to contact them to find out how they would like you to pack, prepare and carry these items.
, their words not mine.
On board, vests actually carry two non-flammable CO2 cylinders per vest on most aircraft. Certain items are required to be onboard such as portable fire extinguishers, oxygen bottles and dry-ice (all dangerous goods) and are exempt as they form part of the aircraft manufacturer certification requirements. We can’t even carry spare units of these mentioned above, as they are then considered ‘spare’ and we have to use specialists to transport these for us called ‘Shippers’.
Some carry-on gear can be taken in limited quantities and the link below is a general overview of what most international carriers comply with (look under the ‘Non Flammable Gas Cylinders’ heading:
I can understand the predicaments faced here and can only encourage anyone considering travelling with cylinders to make the phone call and change carriers if they have too. Hope this helps everyone