Jfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 395 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 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?
Santhosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 548 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 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.
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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.
ContinentalFan From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 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.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours 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.