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Will an unopened carbonated drink can/bott explode the plane if it's checked baggage?

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Will an unopened carbonated drink can/bott explode the plane if it's checked baggage?

I am going to Cuba next week. I'm a Pepsi addict and heard they don't have very good pop down there. No coke or pepsi. I was thinking of bringing a six pack of pepsi bottles down in my checked baggage.

Will they explode? I searched google and it looks like half say it will and the other half say the bottles will be fine.

Any thoughts?
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really not sure of your answer but Tropi-cola is pretty watered down, your right on that.

Bring some Heinz ketchup since the ketchup in cuba isn't too good.
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I believe it depends on if the cargo hold is heated and pressurized. If it is, you're fine, if it's not, you're going to have a mess.

Don't quote me on this, but I'm fairly certain the majority of aircraft now have heated and pressurized holds...
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i dont think they would explode. i brought over some pop from japan in my checked baggage and they were fine.
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Really!? You can't go on vacation for a week without being worried about bringing your regular pop to drink!? :confused:
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Vheissu wrote:
May 12th, 2008 2:17 pm
i dont think they would explode. i brought over some pop from japan in my checked baggage and they were fine.
Me too! Just double ziplock the pop just in case.
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I've brought back cans of beers as souvenirs for friends in my packed luggage, and they were fine. Like the above poster said though, you should probably put it in a Ziplock to be safe.

But if you're in Cuba, aren't you staying at an all-inclusive? In which case - don't waste precious stomach space on pop!
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I usually stuff my 2nd suitcase full of Cherry Coke when I go to the states. Works justs fine.

They don't let you check a 2nd bag anymore though :( .
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It'll be fine.
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May 12th, 2008 8:52 pm
They don't let you check a 2nd bag anymore though :( .
sure they do, you just have to lighten your wallet by $25 :razz:
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Will an unopened carbonated drink can/bott explode the plane if it's checked baggage?
Explode the plane? If it can, the terrorist groups would not need to go through all the trouble to blow up a plane. ;)
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almostfreeman wrote:
May 12th, 2008 4:12 pm
Really!? You can't go on vacation for a week without being worried about bringing your regular pop to drink!? :confused:
I know it's pathetic. Pepsi is my coffee or tea. I don't drink either. I guess it just my caffeine boost every day around lunch that's all. Sad eh? Only drink one a day.
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OceanDrop wrote:
May 12th, 2008 8:23 pm
I've brought back cans of beers as souvenirs for friends in my packed luggage, and they were fine. Like the above poster said though, you should probably put it in a Ziplock to be safe.

But if you're in Cuba, aren't you staying at an all-inclusive? In which case - don't waste precious stomach space on pop!
You're right about wasting space on pop. But I have lots of space for everything. And maybe the pepsi can be used as mix!
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I believe the cargo hold is pressurized like the cabin to around 8000'

This is about similar to crossing the rocks by car. It'll stress your cans/bottles a bit but they should be fine.
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crashcourse wrote:
May 12th, 2008 8:01 pm
Me too! Just double ziplock the pop just in case.
If the can explodes, you think the plastic will hold?
pitz wrote:
May 12th, 2008 8:52 pm
I usually stuff my 2nd suitcase full of Cherry Coke when I go to the states. Works justs fine.

They don't let you check a 2nd bag anymore though :( .
40 pounds of cherry coke... :lol:
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May 13th, 2008 8:49 am
I believe the cargo hold is pressurized like the cabin to around 8000'

This is about similar to crossing the rocks by car. It'll stress your cans/bottles a bit but they should be fine.
The hold is pressurized to 5000ft and heated. It is where they keep Binky the Wonderdog when he travels. So, if the pop blows up from rapid decompression, can you imagine how dear old ....oh, never mind :)

And, it is no where near like driving over the Rockies, you barely get to 5000 feet when you drive, the aircraft is at around 30,000.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
May 13th, 2008 1:31 pm
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The hold is pressurized to 5000ft ...

And, it is no where near like driving over the Rockies, you barely get to 5000 feet when you drive...
According to your own post, it is EXACTLY like driving over the rockies...

However, if there are no animals in the hold, it is at the pilot's discretion to turn the cargo hold heat off, which in theory could freeze your cola and make a big mess in your suitcase. Not likely to happen.
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