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CO2 cylinders on planes

Post  Spindoctor on Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:03 pm

Many of us use the C02 inflators, and carry a canister or two in a saddlebag. When you are flying your bike these can become a nightmare problem, and a always a tricky one as you will have seen these signs prohibiting gasses from and plane luggage,

However the actual picture is different.
If you go to this website, you will see some pressurised gasses are permitted, but as aerosols, and the contents must be labelled by a manufacturer. This link covers gasses, but only for medical purposes, so in unreliable support for you with CO2


In reality this makes taking CO2 cylinders via hand luggage difficult if not impossible, as the screening staff are non-negotiable, and often just apply a blanket exclusion (despite the plane being full of CO2 cylinders in each life jacket already). By the time you get to this stage you are on a real sticky wicket.

This CAA page specifically excludes CO2 gasses in your luggage

Dangerous goods include items such as petrol, poison, gases and explosives and unlike security items which may be carried in the hold; dangerous goods must not be carried at all.

“Recent examples include passengers taking bleach in their hand luggage, gas canisters for a camping holiday, and distress flares for a sailing trip. If passengers are going camping they should buy their fuel at their destination; if they are sailing they should buy varnishes and flares on arrival. Those going fishing need to contact their airline to check whether their self-inflating life jacket can be taken on board.”

Dangerous goods that must NOT be taken on board are:
• explosives, such as fireworks, flares, toy gun caps;
• gases, such as culinary blowtorches, camping or compressed gas cylinders, tear gas, mace or CS gas devices;

Goods that may be carried by passengers include:
• gas powered hair curlers (one per person), provided the safety cover is fitted at all times. Separate refills are not permitted;

Passengers can check the instructions covering dangerous goods on their flight ticket or on the website of the airline they are travelling with. The CAA Travelling Safely leaflet also contains similar information. There are also notices on display at the airport check-in desks and advice can be sought from the check-in staff.

The good news:
I have obtained the low down on the CAA, and international rules with are referenced in this email from "Dangerous Claire"

So to avoid confiscation the rules are:

• If you can call and check in advance with airline
• Declare it at check-in to avoid your bag being opened up
• Put cylinders in the hold
• Have a hard copy of this clause is from section A98 regulation of the International Civil Aviation Authority – Dangerous Goods Panel
50g of gas is your limit – regrettably that is only 3 standard 16g cylinders

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