What temperature does the luggage compartment of an airplane reach during international flights?

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Joe asks:

I have reserved a flight from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Shanghai, China. I need to bring a diabetes monitoring kit along with me, but some of the items can not be frozen. Does the temperature of the luggage compartment go below 36 Deg.F at any point during the flight?

Best answer:

Answer by MadMan
There are both conditioned and non-conditioned holds. You need to talk to the airline to see what can be done.

4 thoughts on “What temperature does the luggage compartment of an airplane reach during international flights?

  1. The simplest thing to do is to pack it in your carry-on bag. There are no problems at all in doing that. Just send it through the x-ray machine with all of your stuff.

  2. Carry the kit with you in the passenger cabin. You might need to check your blood glucose level during the flight, anyway.

    Some holds are heated, some aren’t. When they aren’t, the temperature can drop very low, and certainly could drop below 36° F. It depends on the aircraft, the location of the cargo, and the flight (pilots have the option of adjusting heat in the cargo hold on some aircraft, when heating is available).

  3. If you have diabetes you can carry your kit in the cabin with you!
    Because there is a needle usually involved I think you have to give it to the cabin crew on boarding, but then they keep it safe for you in case you need it!
    Obviously this varies with airlines so check with them first.

  4. The Baggage compartments on most international flights is pressurized so it would be the same temperature as the cabin but you should double check with the airline you are flying on

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