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14 CFR Ch. I (1–1–18 Edition) 

§ 121.285 

§ 121.285

Carriage of cargo in pas-

senger compartments. 

(a) Except as provided in paragraph 

(b), (c), or (d) or this section, no certifi-
cate holder may carry cargo in the pas-
senger compartment of an airplane. 

(b) Cargo may be carried anywhere in 

the passenger compartment if it is car-
ried in an approved cargo bin that 
meets the following requirements: 

(1) The bin must withstand the load 

factors and emergency landing condi-
tions applicable to the passenger seats 
of the airplane in which the bin is in-
stalled, multiplied by a factor of 1.15, 
using the combined weight of the bin 
and the maximum weight of cargo that 
may be carried in the bin. 

(2) The maximum weight of cargo 

that the bin is approved to carry and 
any instructions necessary to insure 
proper weight distribution within the 
bin must be conspicuously marked on 
the bin. 

(3) The bin may not impose any load 

on the floor or other structure of the 
airplane that exceeds the load limita-
tions of that structure. 

(4) The bin must be attached to the 

seat tracks or to the floor structure of 
the airplane, and its attachment must 
withstand the load factors and emer-
gency landing conditions applicable to 
the passenger seats of the airplane in 
which the bin is installed, multiplied 
by either the factor 1.15 or the seat at-
tachment factor specified for the air-
plane, whichever is greater, using the 
combined weight of the bin and the 
maximum weight of cargo that may be 
carried in the bin. 

(5) The bin may not be installed in a 

position that restricts access to or use 
of any required emergency exit, or of 
the aisle in the passenger compart-
ment. 

(6) The bin must be fully enclosed 

and made of material that is at least 
flame resistant. 

(7) Suitable safeguards must be pro-

vided within the bin to prevent the 
cargo from shifting under emergency 
landing conditions. 

(8) The bin may not be installed in a 

position that obscures any passenger’s 
view of the ‘‘seat belt’’ sign ‘‘no smok-
ing’’ sign, or any required exit sign, un-
less an auxiliary sign or other approved 

means for proper notification of the 
passenger is provided. 

(c) Cargo may be carried aft of a 

bulkhead or divider in any passenger 
compartment provided the cargo is re-
strained to the load factors in 
§ 25.561(b)(3) and is loaded as follows: 

(1) It is properly secured by a safety 

belt or other tiedown having enough 
strength to eliminate the possibility of 
shifting under all normally anticipated 
flight and ground conditions. 

(2) It is packaged or covered in a 

manner to avoid possible injury to pas-
sengers and passenger compartment oc-
cupants. 

(3) It does not impose any load on 

seats or the floor structure that ex-
ceeds the load limitation for those 
components. 

(4) Its location does not restrict ac-

cess to or use of any required emer-
gency or regular exit, or of the aisle in 
the passenger compartment. 

(5) Its location does not obscure any 

passenger’s view of the ‘‘seat belt’’ 
sign, ‘‘no smoking’’ sign, or required 
exit sign, unless an auxiliary sign or 
other approved means for proper notifi-
cation of the passenger is provided. 

(d) Cargo, including carry-on bag-

gage, may be carried anywhere in the 
passenger compartment of a non-
transport category airplane type cer-
tificated after December 31, 1964, if it is 
carried in an approved cargo rack, bin, 
or compartment installed in or on the 
airplane, if it is secured by an approved 
means, or if it is carried in accordance 
with each of the following: 

(1) For cargo, it is properly secured 

by a safety belt or other tie-down hav-
ing enough strength to eliminate the 
possibility of shifting under all nor-
mally anticipated flight and ground 
conditions, or for carry-on baggage, it 
is restrained so as to prevent its move-
ment during air turbulence. 

(2) It is packaged or covered to avoid 

possible injury to occupants. 

(3) It does not impose any load on 

seats or in the floor structure that ex-
ceeds the load limitation for those 
components. 

(4) It is not located in a position that 

obstructs the access to, or use of, any 
required emergency or regular exit, or 
the use of the aisle between the crew 
and the passenger compartment, or is 

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