(Can refrigerating machine be accepted as passenger baggage?)

Q.
May a refrigerator be accepted as passenger baggage? UN2857 Refrigerating Machines has a SP A26 which says: “Refrigerating machines and refrigerating components are considered not subject to these Regulations if containing less than 12kg of a gas in Division 2.2 or if containing less than 12L ammonia solution (UN 2672)”. Can this provision be applied for carriage as baggage?  (29 Feb 16)

A.
To start out, refrigerators do not fall under the category of passenger baggage. According to ICAO Annex 9 and repeated in DGR Appendix A, a baggage is “personal property of passengers or crew carried on an aircraft by agreement with the operator”. IATA RP 1008 and 1724 further defines baggage as “Articles, effects and other personal property of a passenger as are necessary or appropriate for wear, use, comfort or convenience in connection with his trip.” DGR 2.3 carries items permitted as passenger baggage and it does not show “refrigerators”. SP A26 applies to refrigerators carried as cargo.


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