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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Just take it. The international regs allow for one lifejacket of this type plus one refill canister to be put into each persons checked-in bag.

    Whatever you do, don't discuss it with the ground staff as they are trained to say 'no' to everything that they haven't been specifically trained in (did you ask them about you carrying your electric toothbrush?).

    We've always done this out to Greece with BA, Monarch, EasyJet, etc. No questions. No problems.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Thanks for all the top tips!
    Will take it hand luggage, but with the canister removed and placed next to it. On the onset of any grief, hopefully will be able to sacrifice the canister, and not get the actual LJ dragged into the argument.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Fields View Post
    Will take it hand luggage, but with the canister removed and placed next to it.
    You may be giving yourself unnecessary grief. As previously stated you then have to deal with airport security. I made that mistake once. Travelling turkish to Dalaman I sought permission beforehand. Lots of back and forth emails with customer services with them eventually saying "OK, but tell them at check-in". At stanstead checkin there was a long discussion with them eventually telling me to take it in hand luggage rather than checked. I asked them if they were sure because that wasn't what I was expecting. They said they were. They definitely didn't seem it. Going through security I declared the detached gas cylinder+spare at which point I had security descend on me like a terrorist. I pulled out the IATA rules conveniently downloaded from spinlock's website and printed out. I was accused of carrying "restricted documents" that apparently I shouldn't have and they became more aggressive. I was eventually released, only just catching the plane, after security confirmed my story that the checkin desk had told me to take it in hand baggage.

    If you're having problems with jet2 customer services, I noticed this on their website:
    https://www.jet2.com/~/media/Jet2/Fl...in-baggage.pdf
    ...which explicitly approves lifejackets+cyllinders for carriage in hand or checked baggage.

    Point customer services at that and ask if it's OK to just put it in your checked baggage. If "yes", detach cylinders, print 2 copies of the email and that pdf. Tape one to the lifejackets in your checked baggage and keep the other in hand luggage. If no response, do the same but just with the pdf.

    Aside from that, minimise the number of uninformed individuals who could potentially spoil your day

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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Fields View Post
    Thanks for all the top tips!
    Will take it hand luggage, but with the canister removed and placed next to it. On the onset of any grief, hopefully will be able to sacrifice the canister, and not get the actual LJ dragged into the argument.
    No, Don't.

    Please read my above post and put it in your checked luggage. One lifejacket (in operable condition) and one spare cylinder per checked bag are the rules.

    Just check it in. Don't talk to anyone about it or you'll worry people who don't have a clue. Their reflex action is to say no. As Laika rightly posted; minimise the number of uninformed individuals who could potentially spoil your day

    And the IATA rules document isn't protectively marked, let alone Restricted.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Update on this thread.

    Checked my LJ in on a Jet2 flight. The guy on the baggage counter was funnily enough an RYA instructor. He suggested taking the check-in bag to the oversized baggage counter. That way it would get x-rayed and checked in front of you, giving you the opportunity to explain things should the staff have any suspicions. That worked well. The x-ray staff at the oversize baggage counter asked "Lifejacket?", to which I replied "yep". End of story.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoodySabre View Post
    Ryanair don't care (in this case about you taking LJs in hold baggage).
    Ive said before, early this year I brought two home in the cabin, legally, on Ryanair, just took the bottles off and carried separately in the same bag.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    I have found it cheaper to take the one from under the plane seat, far less hassle

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Quote Originally Posted by RupertW View Post
    Just take it. That’s why I have done a few times.
    ^^^
    This.
    I'd rather be tethered to a pad eye than tethered to an iPad.

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    This subject crops up so regularly I am astonished people are still discussing it.

    What is the problem with looking on the airline's website to ascertain what the conditions of carriage are for life jackets?
    All airlines carry them afaik and in a career in civil aviation I have never heard of a company that required notification or registration of them as long as they are carried in accordance with the airline's regulations. (Usually one LJ with 1 spare cylinder per pax). What you need to find out is if they can be carried in the cabin or if they must go in the hold.
    It is not a problem as long as you do as they stipulate. A life jacket is nothing whatsoever to do with security and if they quibble just ask to speak to the shift manager who knows full well what the rules and limitations of his staff are.

    Again, read the airline's website. What can be simpler and more reliable instead of listening to the plethora of wild and sometimes ill-informed advice on this forum?
    Last edited by Old Bumbulum; 23-09-19 at 11:48.

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    Default Re: Taking your lifejacket on board a plane - how to get approval?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Bumbulum View Post
    This subject crops up so regularly I am astonished people are still discussing it.

    What is the problem with looking on the airline's website to ascertain what the conditions of carriage are for life jackets?
    All airlines carry them afaik and in a career in civil aviation I have never heard of a company that required notification or registration of them as long as they are carried in accordance with the airline's regulations. (Usually one LJ with 1 spare cylinder per pax). What you need to find out is if they can be carried in the cabin or if they must go in the hold.
    It is not a problem as long as you do as they stipulate. A life jacket is nothing whatsoever to do with security and if they quibble just ask to speak to the shift manager who knows full well what the rules and limitations of his staff are.

    Again, read the airline's website. What can be simpler and more reliable instead of listening to the plethora of wild and sometimes ill-informed advice on this forum?
    With respect, a lot of the replies are from people relating their experiences in the matter, which I have found useful. I myself once had to wait for about 1/2 hour for the shift manager to consult with the powers that be about a LJ, before waving me on, so it was far from a simple matter.

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