C02 cartridges on airplanes

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Does anyone have experience with this? Is it strictly prohibited? Do they get confiscated? Worth risking it?

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Peter Hochstein (not verified)
CO-who? Why bother?


Why even aggravate yourself with this issue? Get a bicycle pump!

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richard rosenthal (not verified)
Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Soda Water, Tonic

"Not that I ever took chemistry, because I didn't, but isn't the fizziness in a carbonated drink CO2? ...Not that uniformed authorities are capable of pure reason, but if they confiscate your cartridges, ask them, ""Kant I check it in my luggage, if not leave it with the flight attendant in the galley?""

If your interlocutor gets your pun--which you'll have to spell out--know you've found yet another underemployed person.



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Carol Wood (not verified)
See earlier thread


According to the estimable Bob Gray, ""Absolutely no CO2 cartridges on planes."" I believe they explode if the cabin pressure drops.

Then, if you survive, you risk being thrown in detention in an undisclosed location for an indeterminate period of time, as an enemy of the state. (Oh wait, maybe they can't do that anymore.) Still, as to whether it's worth the risk, your fellow passengers might not think so.

See the earlier thread at http://www.nycc.org/mb/Thread.aspx?B=1&T=398&TP=1#Msg1553

I never leave home without my Topeak Road Morph pump with pressure gauge. Well, almost never."

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Doug Kalb (not verified)
Pack them with your check in luggage

In October, I packed cartridges with my check in luggage when I went to Interbike in Las Vegas & there was NO problem.
I don't know if the regulations are different for international flights.
As a side issue, deflate your tires before shipping it by plane.

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safecyclist (not verified)

Just because someone got away with it once, doesn't make it legal. Nashbar, Performance and all the other mail order catalogs specifically say that they cannot ship an order via air if it contains CO2 cartridges. My guess is they know the law. Bring your pump or buy your cartridges at your destination.
If they sold Coke or Pepsi in cartridge form I wouldn't bring them either.

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Doug Kalb (not verified)
C02 Cartridges, Airplanes

"It seems you misunderstood my intent; I did not ""get away,"" nor try to, with bringing C02 cartridges on a plane. I was making no attempt to conceal the cartridges, either on this or prior other cycling trips.
However, you may very well be correct, although the manufacturer does not specifically warn against it in their warnings/cautions labels.
Regardless, for safety, I always carry a small pump as well."

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