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qubaxianplebiscite496 karma

It's very seldom a bag goes completely missing. Tags do get ripped off time to time and some passengers are so irate they refuse to cooperate and can't even describe their lost bag or contents. That makes up most of the scenario's I've seen with bags that were unclaimed.

qubaxianplebiscite481 karma

I'm sorry, but I have to correct you.

Majority of airlines wait until 30> minutes to departure time to bring the animal out to the plane, depending on climate.

The entire aircraft and baggage holds are pressurized to the same as the cabin. Smaller aircraft's cargo holds are temperature controlled. On larger aircraft; one of the cargo holds is temperature controlled and is designated for live animal stowage. Proper procedure states that the animal is kept away from stacked luggage/cargo so that nothing can fall on top of or into the animal. The animal crate is usually tied down for obvious reasons.

Lastly, the noise in the baggage hold is roughly 2 Db louder that in the passenger cabin on most aircraft. The noise and temperature abating insulation is constant around the entire aircraft. The only difference is that there is no plastic trim in the cargo holds.

It is very humane. The animals do tend to be scared due to the new and loud environments outside the aircraft. When they're loaded, they tend to calm down and relax.

To the post on regional jet's below. It's the same as above but more-so. More temperature and noise controlled. With most regional and private aircraft the partition between the passenger area and cargo hold is a 1 inch piece of composite, which is not airtight. What the passengers hear and feel is the same as the animal.

My experience in aviation is just over 10 years, equally in general and civil aviation in an operations management role.

qubaxianplebiscite302 karma

Always. Put one on a tag on an outer handle. Always put a slip with your info inside the zipper. ALWAYS.

qubaxianplebiscite36 karma

The OP is very accurate. Anywhere from 10-90 minutes. The truck has a nozzle with pressure fuels the aircraft. Depending on the fueling unit and aircraft, narrow bodies will flow at 900 LPM or 240 GPM to 1400 LPM or 370 GPM.

Wide bodies are capable of taking 2 hoses from the truck, PER WING. If one truck with two hoses hooked up, again depending on aircraft, will pump from 2500 LPM or 660 GPM to 4000 LPM or 1055 GPM. If two trucks, generally each truck will pump around 20% slower.

Each fueling is based on aircraft and destination. They NEVER just fill up an aircraft.

My personal fueling record was a Lufthansa A340. They aircraft took 195,000 Liters or 51,515 US Gallons of fuel. This was when the volcano in Reykjavik blew, sending aircraft on much longer routes. This was Luft's last North American departure before cancelling flights until the ash cleared.

qubaxianplebiscite34 karma

Anything you think is crazy has been packed. I've sex swings, full pickled duck's, bag's to the brim of narcotics... Seriously anything you can think does go through airports.