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31. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1803 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting PrettyFunPlaces

Well, a hot place could be an airplane's cargo area in the summer. Mobile devices are safe because people keep them in carry-on bags. But my camera has not caused any problems in checked luggage.

I have sent my cameras and my laptop in my suitcase and have not had a problem. (I did it so I would have room for the scooter battery in my carry-on bag). I haven't sent a cell phone in my checked bag because it is pretty small and I usually keep it in my pocketbook. On the ground the cargo area may be hot. But the heat they are talking about is the heat of something that is on fire. So if one of the cells of the battery if faulty and has a short and heats up and starts a fire, the rest of the battery can also burn. But most things if you put them in a fire will burn.

Considering the number and widespread distribution of lithium ion batteries in the world, the number of fires caused by them is very very small.

I have several times been allowed to ship my scooter with the battery in it. I have also on one occasion had the airport people tell me I had to put it into my checked bag - not in the carryon. And once I had them tell me that I had to give the battery to the flight attendant who then apparently gave it to the pilot. We had to change planes in Miami and when we got to our destination, the pilot was at the door to give us the battery.

Given the amount of different experiences I have had with this, my conclusion is that most people are uninformed about the non-hazardous characteristics of lithium ion batteries.

32. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 642 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting PrettyFunPlaces

I have read about dogs dying in the cargo area because the temperature is extremely hot and there is no ventilation. That is why bulldogs and similar breeds are banned.

Indeed, the cargo hold climate needs to be maintained during flight, as I said. Further, the cargo area is pressurized (and ventilated) like the cabin. The temperature (and the climate) of the cabin is not that of the cargo hold, though.

The cargo hold is also maintained specifically for temperature, humidity and CO2 levels when animals are in the hold. These levels even vary by animal - think horses, cows and hogs, which also fly in the hold (of bigger aircraft!) from time to time.

Why are certain dog breeds banned? Compromised aspiration due to their breeding, and a few unfortunate incidents (either prior to take off or in the air?) have certainly made United Airlines take note - they are just covering their behinds moving forward. This comes after much, much bad press regarding United Airlines on many different levels.

In addition, other airlines in the US observe a "pet embargo" and will not transport pets when the ambient temperature on the ground is above or below a prescribed limit. This goes for the departure, layover and/or arrival airport. Most extreme temperatures (and related distress to pets) are experienced by the animal prior to take off in the bag room or sitting on a baggage cart while on the ramp - that very rarely happens, though.

I don't believe, by nature, a cargo hold would be hot during flight.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2019, at 22:47 by road to roam ]

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34. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1407 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

If there's a disruption in travel, such as weather-related cancellations, some airlines allow you to rebook using their app. No need to see an agent at the airport, no need to phone the airline.

35. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 106 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

This is OPs first and only post.

36. Posted by PrettyFunPlaces (Budding Member 75 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

If there's a disruption in travel, such as weather-related cancellations, some airlines allow you to rebook using their app. No need to see an agent at the airport, no need to phone the airline.

This was in 2006, before app was even a word.

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