Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17562 times:
A rather stupid question. My buddy was flying WestJet today, from YYC to YYZ. He bought a much loved and cheap AGD (Alberta Genuine Draft Beer). He wanted to take it him, but we didn't know if he should check it in, or put it on his carry on.
So... 1st. question. Would you want to put a beer can in an unpressuried compartment?
2nd... are all baggage compartments pressurised? or not?
... i feel ashamed asking this question....
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757KSLC From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17514 times:
I don't think they are... I know my shampoo bottle always seems to explode and leak everywhere, as do a few other bottles occasionally. I don't know why they would do this if it was pressurized. On the other hand, when animals travel they go down in the baggage compartment, and I don't think they could survive in an unpreserved environment at FL380 or something.
Good Question. Don't feel ashamed, I don't know the answer either. Or... Maybe we should both be ashamed together?
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17489 times:
At least part of the hold is pressurised as they carry life animals in the hold regularly.
Unless life animals are on board though, it is NOT heated which means that you will have to be careful with any fizzy drinks you check as there might be unpleasant surprised on opening the can/bottle unless you let them get to temperature slowly.
As to leaking bottles, I've never experienced that...
Bohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17487 times:
Most airliners have pressurized baggage compartments. Some turboprops may have a pressurized compartment and an unpressurized one. (Jetstreams come to mind) As long as you're on a jet, you should be fine.
My biggest concern would be the beer can bursting due to rough baggage handling.
Freshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17480 times:
yes they are pressurized, if they were not then the cargo doors would not blow out in mid-flight causing the floor to collapse like some have in the past, it has the same pressure as in the main cabin. As to your shampoo bottles leaking thats because they abuse your luggage while they are trying to stuff it in the bin.
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17463 times:
National Geographic had a program on last night about that UA flight from Honolulu where the hold door locks failed causing it to blow out and take a big part of the side of the plane and 9 passengers with it. So I guess the answer is yes.
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Airliner777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17379 times:
Regarding those bottles you guys are worried about, I'll tell you that the problem is the following:
The pressure inside of the shampoo bottle (or any other bottle) goes through a stage of change while the aircraft climbs. This is due to the fact that the cargo compartment is pressurized same as the cabin compartment. Most aircraft cabins are pressurized to a range between 6,000ft MSL to 8,000ft MSL. The pressure inside of the bottle is equal to the pressure altitude when you closed it. As the aircraft climbs, the cabin pressure starts decreasing, then the pressure inside of the bottle tends to equalize it's outside pressure. This is why it expands, and most of the times spills everything all over inside your bag.
Also, I can say that the Ramp Agents sometimes are a "little" abrupt with those bags too.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17044 posts, RR: 66
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 17273 times:
The shampoo problem is very easy to fix. Just squeeze out most of the air, then close the bottle before packing it. It should then have a "crumpled" appearance. The smaller amount of air inside will expand at the lower pressure in the hold (or in the cabin) but not enough to pop the cork. I always take this precaution with lotion and so forth. As an extra layer of safety, tape the cork closed. Since I started to do this, I have never had a problem with goo all over.
Of course, if your shampoo bottle is full, you have a problem.
As for pressurization, the hold IS! Think about the shape of the airplane. It's easier to make the hull airtight (it's round and already strong) that to make the flat floor a pressure bulkhead.
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Mr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 17202 times:
I'm not at high school physics yet so forgive me... . Since the pressure inside the bottle is equal to the pressure altitude when one closes it, why would the pressure decrease as you climb? And why when the pressure lowers the liquid would expand?
Liamksa From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17188 times:
The pressure inside of the shampoo bottle (or any other bottle) goes through a stage of change while the aircraft climbs.
Gday Mr. BA, it might be this sentence which is confusing you, because the pressure change isn't in the bottle, it's in the compartment. Basically, sea level pressure (if departing a sea level aerodrome) is trapped in the bottle. As the aircraft climbs, the pressure outside the bottle (in the compartment) falls and you have the 'blown up balloon' case. So the pressure differential is trying to force the shampoo out of the bottle (high pressure always wants to get to low pressure eg: air escaping from your tyres, letting go of the balloon etc..)
Avioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 17129 times:
Let's not forget what happens when liquids freeze. Most aft bag pits aren't heated so your beer will expand exponentially. That plus the difference in your boarding altitude and the 7000 to 8000 foot cabin altitude at cruise equals beerpop.
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Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 17126 times:
Most airline baggage compartments are both heated and pressurized. It's been a while, but I don't believe that the temperature is kept more than a few degrees above freezing.
I'm going way back here now, so you 727 types will have to excuse me if my memory is off, but the B727 had a switch in the engineer's panel that controlled the pressurization into the baggage holds. In the event of the loss of pressurization or the failure of one packs the engineer would divert the pressurized air from the baggage compartment to the aircraft cabin. We called the switch the "Puppy Snuffer". Kind of crude, but an effective description of what happened to the animals in the baggage compartment when you flipped the switch.
In case any of you care, in the case of bizjets, some compartments are heated, some aren't. Some are pressurized, others aren't. It depends upon the airplane and the compartment.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 17039 times:
The puppy snuffer on the 727 controlled heat in the forward compartment, not pressuization.
Someobdy forgot to tell the guys flying the one that brought my 8 week old puppy in. She was pretty cold when she got of the airplane. 8 years later, I still have that dog, which I ended up naming "shivers"
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Smithfly114 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 17026 times:
Yes cargo holds are pressurized, like stated above they carry live animals in them. The fact of the shampoo leaking is because, although the cabin and cargo holds are pressurized they are not equal to the atmospheric pressure from where you departed, therefore there will still be a change in atmospheric pressure and if there is any air in a container it will still most likely expand. This is why I make sure as much air as possible is out of any containers before I fly - to avoid a mess