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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Drive. Insurance won't help with something you can't replace and may not have time to repair, and you don't want the stress dealing with the risks of handing over control. Do yourself a favour and ...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Source: I had a small hand in a cubesat built in West Virginia and was around during launch integration preparation. Our contract lead filed paperwork ahead of time with the TSA. (Various forms, I ...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Contact a parcel carrier such as UPS, DHL, Fedex, etc. They all have options for delivering high value items which may or may not meet your needs. For instance, DHL offers a separate delivery vehicle ...
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Can a (slightly) damaged suitcase be used as checked luggage?

I suspect you'll have no trouble at all. My wife & I recently flew to the US from the UK with a brand new (and very cheap) suitcase with a front zip-up pocket. It got to the US okay, but on the ...
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There is tear in my nylon luggage as in the picture. How would you repair this?

You have a few options. There first is to leave it. It doesn't look like anything has a chance of escaping there. You can stabilise the edges of the abrasion, possibly tidying it up a bit in the ...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

I'd say driving is probably preferable, but our lab has transported cubesats as hand luggage on commercial flights before. We use the same type of packaging as you describe. I think you'd be surprised ...
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Sketchy offers from Lufthansa damaged luggage handler Dolfi1920

Update: they agreed to send me a cash refund, after one month and four different e-mails in which I insisted on it and reminded them that according to GDPR it was illegal to send me further ...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

The word you're looking for is supercargo That is a human: the responsible person whose job it is to physically escort the cargo. It is perfectly common when you have a high-6-digit payload like ...
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What happens if a bag accidentally opens while being loaded on a plane?

Assuming you are flying on scheduled airline service, the employees who last handled the bag should pick it up with its contents, put it in some larger container and take it somewhere where someone ...
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Is the possibility of a cabin sized trolley bag being damaged when checked in high?

I have checked in many a cabin sized piece of luggage and never noticed them being handled any different from bigger sized items. At times I have chatted with the check-in staff when checking in a ...
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Sketchy offers from Lufthansa damaged luggage handler Dolfi1920

Auch, don't go for any of this.. https://nl.trustpilot.com/review/dolfi1920.de The reviews there are very, very bad... If you want to lose your money, go to Dolfi1920 - Our suitcase was pulled ...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

For shipping and transportation, your greatest risk for misadventure is not on the long-haul part of the journey, but at the hand-offs. Damage is most likely to happen during loading and unloading, ...
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Sketchy offers from Lufthansa damaged luggage handler Dolfi1920

I experienced everything you have all stated. I ended up taking them to court in the UK for numerous promises of suitcase replacements. Two written complaints to Lufthansa head office were rebuffed ...
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There is tear in my nylon luggage as in the picture. How would you repair this?

General answer: Darn it. I actually think you would have decent luck darning in this area, even if there is interfacing in the bag you will probably be able to pick up a thread with your needle by ...
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Can a (slightly) damaged suitcase be used as checked luggage?

I flew from mainland France to Mayotte, last summer, and the Mahores have some interesting strategies for "cheap luggage". Many of them were using big coolers wrapped in plastic, for example. Others ...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Jcaron hit that in his comment. If your university can afford their own private jet they have enough cash to: Pay for delicate cargo delivery with all service. Large, precious, expensive assemblies ...
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DHL damaged luggage, requests exact spare part price, but I can't find spare parts for the brand. What can I do?

There are few things you can try : go to a luggage repair center and ask for a repair quote ask the place where you ordered it originally to provide a copy of the invoice (or at least a proof that ...
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Can a (slightly) damaged suitcase be used as checked luggage?

As Andrew said, it's very unlikely that they'll prevent you from checking it in. I flew from the UK to Sweden last year. The suitcase I had was broken: the handle was locked in the topmost position, ...
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Ensuring duffel bag handles aren't caught in a conveyor belt

I have flown with many duffel bags as hold luggage and I have never had a problem with the handles. The warning you quote refers mostly to big rucksacks which have thick loose shoulder straps, and ...
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Emirates damage claim reply with Montreal Convention 1999 excuse

The Montreal convention (Article 18) states the following about damaged bags: The carrier is liable for damage sustained in the event of the destruction or loss of, or damage to, cargo upon ...
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Huge delay with processing compensation for damaged luggage

This is unfortunately a common problem these days, and LATAM's behavior is not unique. Since Covid in early 2020, airlines have consistently refused and delayed and avoided paying claims. Search on ...
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Damaged luggage compensation

That is a fair offer. Within $10 is actually quite good and most times replacement costs are not offered and you only get repair costs which makes the suitcase usable but not like new either, so I ...
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Is the possibility of a cabin sized trolley bag being damaged when checked in high?

There is always some normal wear and tear to bags, just by the nature of being shoved and manually put in the ULD (Unit Load Device) - that's what the giant boxes are called that are used to load ...
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Are customs liable if they break something doing their job?

I agree with the initial response - that there are probably laws (variations on the same - for each country)but hard to enforce or redress. I recently experienced the same situation - unnecessary ...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Checked baggage is a risk no matter how well you pack it...and if you disclose that it's both delicate and very valuable, the airline's T&C will require that you execute a Waiver of Liability ...
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Shipping tag on suitcase vs. on handle

If your referring to the baggage handling tag that the airline puts on at the airport, the whole tag is a sticky label that can be applied to flat objects like boxes or handle-less suitcases. The ...
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How to fix a stuck and/or corroded backpack zipper?

As a preventative measure, candlewax is good (not beeswax but the common paraffîn wax). You can simply rub a cheap candle all over the zip teeth. Also check for loose threads getting in there - they'...
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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Congrats on participating in such a nice project. Only one person can tell you what is best to do, and this is your boss/professor/supervisor aka the person in charge and resposible for this project. ...
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