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Typical Cargo Hold Temperature  
User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 368 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What is the typical temperature in the cargo hold, specifically the area where they put your luggage? The reason I ask is I'm flying on SK from CPH-IAD this week, and I was planning on taking some perishable food items in my luggage. I'm trying to figure out how much I should insulate them for the flight -- is it already reasonably cold in the cargo hold?

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User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Jfidler! Out of the cockpit videos which I have seen the temperatures in the cargo bay are generally from 25 to 28. May be because pilots know that some people might carry food items which might be perishable if kept in high temperatures. Well the pilots can set different temperatures at different sections of the cargo bay depending upon the type of cargo they carry. Anyway wish you a happy journey to IAD.

Best Wishes,
George



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User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

B767 - The lower pits are maintained around 50 deg F.
B757 - Between 50 deg F and 70 deg F.
A300 - Between 2 deg C and 26 C.

Of course this is on our cargo aircraft, but i would guess its about the same.


User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Tere Jfidler,
I can't answer your question for passenger aircraft.

However be careful regarding import of food into the US. As far as I know it is not allowed to take any agricultural or meat products etc into the US. They check this quite thoroughly, so maybe you would want to clarify before risking to have your food items confiscated at customs plus being fined.

Cheers,
Thomas


User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Actually checked food items are if not prohibited, highly discouraged because many have the same constancy as plastic explosives.


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User currently offlineContinentalFan From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Generally, I think that if it's in a can or jar or other sealed packaging it's ok. My aunt and uncle went to Japan earlier in the year and brought back tons of Japanese snacks, all neatly packaged in typical Japanese fashion, no hassles.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 32767 times:

The B737 Fwd cargo hold is used to carry perishables which is at a higher temp than the Aft hold due to Exhausted heated air that passes through the E&E compartment used to cool the equipment present there.
regds
MEL



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