[Taxacom] Fwd: Re: [Nhcoll-l] Dangerous goods on passenger aircraft

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Tue Oct 25 11:32:36 CDT 2016

In response to Mike Ivie's query, here is the most recent information I 
have regarding IATA regulations for ethanol on airplanes:

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Subject: 	Re: [Nhcoll-l] Dangerous goods on passenger aircraft
Date: 	Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:33:01 +0000
From: 	Bentley, Andrew Charles <abentley at ku.edu>
To: 	Dirk Neumann <Dirk.Neumann at zsm.mwn.de>
CC: 	nhcoll-l at mailman.yale.edu <nhcoll-l at mailman.yale.edu>

Yes, heat-sealing is a requirement but I have found that a wire coat 
hanger or similar piece of wire heated over a fire or stove does just as 
well for heat sealing packages.  You just need to have something between 
the wire and the plastic to ensure it does not burn through – thin piece 
of material will do.  You can also get hand held heat sealers – both 
battery operated and electric:




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  Andy Bentley
  Ichthyology Collection Manager
  University of Kansas
Biodiversity Institute

  Dyche Hall
  1345 Jayhawk Boulevard
  Lawrence, KS, 66045-7561

Tel: (785) 864-3863
Fax: (785) 864-5335
  Email: abentley at ku.edu <mailto:abentley at ku.edu>


*From:*Dirk Neumann [mailto:Dirk.Neumann at zsm.mwn.de]
*Sent:* Tuesday, January 29, 2013 6:24 AM
*To:* Bentley, Andrew Charles
*Cc:* nhcoll-l at mailman.yale.edu
*Subject:* Re: [Nhcoll-l] Dangerous goods on passenger aircraft

.... just want to add that it might be worth considering to have a copy 
of the relevant IATA pages Andy forwarded with you when returning from 
the field carrying ethanol preserved specimens in your luggage to avoid 
any ambiguities when checking in especially in third world countries. 
Airline / airport staff is often unfamiliar / not well training in the 
IATA regulations and/or the current issue of the IATA handbook might not 
be at hand.

Have also in mind that 3x heat-sealing is a must, i.e. you may need to 
carry a heat-sealing device with you into the field to be able to comply 
with the  IATA A180 packing requirements.

Last but not least, have in mind that import of pure ethanol is 
prohibited to certain Islamic countries for religious reason; it worth 
considering to document that your tubes are filled with an ethanol based 
puffer that is spoiled with specific DNA-stabilising chemicals ...

Congratulations, Andy !!!

Best regards

Am 25.01.2013 16:06, schrieb Bentley, Andrew Charles:

    Hi all

    With the release of the latest version of the IATA Dangerous Goods
    Regulations recently it appears as if we have finally reached the
    end of our long dangerous goods journey.  Attached is the new
    language inserted that allows specimens, packaged according to IATA
    Special Provision A180, to be carried as carry-on and checked
    baggage as well as on your person.  I have highlighted the relevant
    line I Table 2.3A and section  You will not that operators
    or pilots approval is NOT required in all these cases.

    You will however, presumably, be required to also follow TSA
    guidelines for carry-on baggage and specimens will thus have to be
    in a quart size zip-lock bag with no internal container more than
    30ml (as per SP A180 even though TSA allows 100ml).  Only one quart
    size zip-lock per passenger is allowed – in other words the size of
    the bag will limit how many specimens or tissues you will be able to
    carry on board.  If in doubt, check it.  In any case, I would
    suggest carrying a copy of these regulations with you, together with
    all necessary permitting etc. when attempting to carry specimens
    onto a plane.

    I would like to once again thank my contacts at IATA and DOT for
    their unending support and assistance during this process.  I could
    not have done it without them.

    Hope this helps.


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      University of Kansas
    Biodiversity Institute

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