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Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized  
User currently offlineUsa4624 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 278 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15921 times:

Is the cargo hold pressurized with the cabin? The reason I am asking is I want to bring some German Coca Cola home to the US in my checked baggage, and am concerned the bottles may "have some issues" if the baggage compartment is not pressurized.

I will be flying on an AA 777, if that makes any difference. Thank you for any recommendations.

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User currently offlineBoogyJay From France, joined May 2005, 490 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15900 times:

Mmmmmh.... Would be better on the Tech/Ops forum, wouldn't it?

Anyway, Yes it is pressurized, you even have some Crew restrooms or lavs (on LH A346 for example). And what would people with big dogs which have to travel down there say if it wasn't?  Sad

You also can control the temperature from the cockpit.

Hope it helps.


BoogyJay


User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15851 times:

Yes it is pressurized, at the same pressure as the passenger cabin, which is not the same pressure as sea level. Coca Cola bottles may be a problem because they'll be thrown around by the baggage handlers, and then subject to reduced pressures (i.e. same as passenger cabin ~ 2000 meters) while airborne.

User currently offlineAKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2194 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15804 times:

Years ago I took some bottled Pepsi from the Ukraine home in my checked luggage, and I didn't have a problem.

However, I would put the bottles in sealed plastic bags (ziplocs) before putting them in the luggage.


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21582 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15787 times:

well, catering throws around carbonated beverages all the time and they don't seem to explode. they just open harder when the FAs do so, which is why good ones try to shield customers from the spray.


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User currently offlineLegacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15785 times:

You will find it pressurized on all big and modern airliners. The only ones I can remember which are not pressurized are those in the nose section like you find it on Metroliners or Citation's. They often use those compartments for handluggage.

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15777 times:

But don't worry: US Coca Cola tastes veeeery good  Wink


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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15583 times:

On the downside: Usually, only the forward hold is heated. Most of the time, the cold doesn’t get into the bags enough to freeze things, but if your bag happens to end up against a wall it could be a problem.


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User currently offlineDc8friendship From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 243 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 15401 times:

Quoting FredT (Reply 7):
On the downside: Usually, only the forward hold is heated.

Not necessarily. On the A320, for instance the rear belly is heated.

Quoting FredT (Reply 7):
Most of the time, the cold doesn’t get into the bags enough to freeze things, but if your bag happens to end up against a wall it could be a problem.

The bellies are insulated like the rest of the cabin, and the floor is the only separation, so it does not get quite that cold.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 15362 times:

Yes the Compartments are Pressurised.Also safety feature involves pressure equalization valves & Blow in panels betteen adjacent compartments on few Aircraft.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineTinPusher007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 983 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15209 times:

Quoting BoogyJay (Reply 1):
Mmmmmh.... Would be better on the Tech/Ops forum, wouldn't it?

Have you not checked the title of this forum? Sure looks like it reads tech/ops to me.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 15192 times:

Quoting TinPusher007 (Reply 10):
Quoting BoogyJay (Reply 1):
Mmmmmh.... Would be better on the Tech/Ops forum, wouldn't it?

Have you not checked the title of this forum? Sure looks like it reads tech/ops to me.

I think it was moved before you noticed. cheers
 Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 15207 times:

Here's what I noticed on my last flight on a DL MD-80's.

When the F/A pours the coca-cola in a cup, I noticed it doesn't fizzle for long as it does on the ground.

And I had a plastic coca-cola bottle with me I brought at the airport and took on the plane. I drank it up and tightened the cap at cruising altitude.
Once landed and turned to the gate, the bottle was crushed from pressure differential.


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