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Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 5:55 am

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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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 6:00 am

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.


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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 6:23 am

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.
 
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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 6:37 am

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.
 
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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 6:41 am

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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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 6:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 6:44 am

But don't worry: US Coca Cola tastes veeeery good  Wink
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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Tue May 24, 2005 10:46 pm

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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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Wed May 25, 2005 11:12 am

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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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Wed May 25, 2005 4:31 pm

Yes the Compartments are Pressurised.Also safety feature involves pressure equalization valves & Blow in panels betteen adjacent compartments on few Aircraft.
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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Fri May 27, 2005 10:07 am

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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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Fri May 27, 2005 12:50 pm

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
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RE: Baggage Compartment - Is It Pressurized

Fri May 27, 2005 2:09 pm

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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