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Ted Lavino
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Username: Tlavino

Post Number: 426
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 05:10 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

From Sailing Magazine’s June, 2006 issue:

Inflatable life jackets, CO2 cylinders allowed on airplanes

Sailors frustrated with Transportation Security Administration policies that prohibited them from traveling with inflatable life jackets with CO2 cylinders will find solace in a change that now allows the cylinders to be carried on an airplane or checked in baggage. The change in policy came when the TSA was advised that its policy differed from the policies of the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. Sailors are now allowed to carry C02 cylinders in carry-on and checked baggage but only with the permission of the airline they are flying on. According to the new TSA policy, the exception allows up to two compressed gas cylinders fitted onto a self-inflating life jacket and two spare cartridges. Sailors must also declare that they are “transporting a hazardous material” when they fly. But since the new policy is an exception to the standing rule, travelers may likely face reservation with security screeners. It is recommended that sailors traveling with a self-inflating life jacket get the name of the department and the individual who approved traveling with a CO2 cartridge when they call their airline. They should also check if the airline prefers that it be carried on the plane or checked in luggage. If stopped at a security checkpoint, sailors should ask to speak with a supervisor, and then advise the supervisor to check their reports from Washington D.C. to note the change in policy made in March. If the life jacket and cartridge is in checked luggage, travelers should include a note that mentions the exception. US Sailing has included a form that can be included with life jackets checked in luggage. It can be found on the Web at www.ussailing.org/safetyprintpage.htm.

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