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This is something you will need to talk directly to the airline about, or a specialist freight carrier or courier. Most airlines offer a high value item service, where special care and attention is taken with your item, and most airlines will be able to work with you for any specific requirements you require - for example, a controlled environment et al. ...


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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 drive your satellite yourself; with at least two (preferably three) drivers you can easily drive 2000 km in two days and by driving you save yourself a lot of ...


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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 wish I knew what exactly they were, but it was a waiting game.) The forms outlined the capabilities of the cubesat, who would be transporting it, what dates and ...


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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 with two drivers and live GPS tracking along the way. UPS has "UPS Express Critical" service for perishable goods with guaranteed schedule and controlled ...


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The airline is definitely liable for the contents as well but that's not what the answer you received is about. For example, you can get compensated if your luggage is lost completely and not only for the price of a new bag. But airlines do not have to accept liability for valuable items (unless you declared them as such) or improperly packed, fragile or ...


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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 next (domestic US) leg of the journey, the front panel had been torn off - it was hanging by a scrap of fabric and the contents of the case were protected only ...


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Absolutely. Just on Monday there I arrived at London Gatwick in heavy rain. Took them 50 mins to offload plane and load bag onto carousel (strangely mine was the first on the carousel). Bag was soaked through, top compartment (containing best suit I was due to wear to job interview), was soaked through (was in suit carrier, inside bag zipped compartment). ...


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They will get wet, twice. Luggage are almost always transported in small chains of relatively flat carts pulled by a motor vehicle. Then, a conveyor belt loads them into the plane as works move each piece from the carts to the belt. As some comments say, the carts sometimes are covered, which I have seen but it was not complete coverage, so water will still ...


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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 at the variety of things TSA see. They may not have seen a cubesat before, but they've definitely seen plenty of weird stuff, including electronics. If you go ...


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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 will attempt to make it so it will last the remainder of the segments to the stated destination on the bag tag. That can be done with anything, including duct ...


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A friend of mine has a small glass (beer, wine, vodka, whisky, etc.) collection and I buy glasses every now and then for him when I travel. I know it's probably not the same but most of the tips can probably be applied to any other fragile item. Glasses can be very fragile, specially the ones with a foot. I have transported them both in hand luggage and ...


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I had to do exactly that once, at London Heathrow. What I did was to give the old bag to one of the cleaners emptying the bins. He took it and probably disposed it somewhere.


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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 small case, they always reacted in a way that suggested that it is often done. They do understand the need when you are having two pieces when only one is allowed ...


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Most customs agencies in modern countries have some method for you to claim in the event of damage caused to your posessions / luggage / souvenirs. For example, since you mention Australia, on their Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website they have a publically published Policy for dealing with allegations of damage at Cargo and Container ...


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No need to buy a new suitcase! Don't all international airports have a luggage wrapping service? If you arrive at the airport to find your luggage slightly broken, the luggage wrapping service will be a good solution. It is a better solution that buying a new suitcase in the airport. When they wrap the luggage, they often cut out the wheels and handles, so ...


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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 this. Recognize that the valuation is not your material costs with labor free. Valuation is the cost of having Rocketdyne or Boeing build you another one at ...


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As an objective criteria I would suggest packing things so that the suitcase could be dropped from a height of 3' (1m) in any orientation without damage. Doing that, I have had no problems with broken glass bottles or other relatively fragile stuff. If you can fit the items into a shoe or boot, that helps, and of course surround it with clothes and keep it ...


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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, during shifting and settling at the beginning of a journey and through mishandling in hubs and depots. Items don't get "lost" during transit. They got lost as ...


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The exact liability an airline will have for lost or damaged baggage is dependent on the airline (specifically, its Contract of Carriage or equivalent document) and the applicable laws of the country/countries involved. In general, airlines are indeed liable for both the bag and its contents. For the specific case of easyJet, their liability policy says: 16....


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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 had simple "bundles" of clothes also wrapped in plastic. ... It was all very exotic, though all of them were sufficiently wrapped up to not have any loose bit ...


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I would not trust the patch alone. The frame of the suitcase does not provide a place where you can press the iron firmly down. To make it endure another trip, you can take two towels and lay them flat inside the empty suitcase so that they overlap the outsides. Then repack all your stuff. Valuables go into a shopping bag in the centre. Then to close ...


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You should probably attempt these in the given order: If the broken bag is small enough compared to the new one, place it within the new bag Ask security Ask your airline personnel Leave the suitcase open and as obviously empty as you can make it next to a bin with a piece of paper that says "TRASH" or equivalent


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What? 50 EUR? And what about their Conditions of carriage which state: VUELING shall be liable in cases of destruction, loss, delay or damage to luggage, up to a sum of 1,131 Special Drawing Rights per passenger. 1131 SDR is 1429.23 EUR right now. And this is not something Vueling came up with, this is Article 22(2) of the Montreal Convention. Every ...


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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 you bought it there with the price at that time) check your credit card insurance. You might be covered in this situation (even if it seems pretty specific) The ...


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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, and it was impossible to "push it back" into the suitcase again. The airline had me sign a waiver, saying that the suitcase was already damaged, and after that ...


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Odds are they'll require all devices to go through the scanners, because officially, they cause no damage. From the TSA's Packing Tips page: TSA will screen any "Carry-on" baggage that will fit through the x-ray machine; However, looking at that, there are a few points that some stuff could get damaged: Don't put film in your checked baggage, as ...


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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 condition only that the event which caused the damage so sustained took place during the carriage by air. However, the carrier is not liable if and to the ...


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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 maybe even chest and waist straps. Having said this, if you want to be extra careful with your luggage there are a few options you can consider: Get a rucksack ...


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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 are being transported all the time. It is safe, it is usual, it is just not cheap. Fly the grounded plane on their own since it will be a cargo flight, excluded ...


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The reply is actually on the site of the TURKISH AIRLINES: Damage or Loss If damage to the baggage is of a kind that can be immediately ascertained (such as broken wheels or handles, tears or missing contents) the passenger must, on the same day and before leaving the arrival hall, applying to Station Lost and Found Offices with their Travel ticket, ...


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