Oxygen Cylinder in Overhead Luggage Bin

Date:         26 Apr 98 03:44:11 
From:         cp@panix.com (Charles Platt)
Organization: PANIX Public Access Internet and UNIX, NYC
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While stowing my roll-on in the overhead bin on a 737 yesterday, I noticed
an oxygen cylinder at one end of the compartment, securely strapped in
place but otherwise unprotected. In lab work, one is taught always to
take extreme precautions re the valve end of a pressurized cylinder,
because the cylinder will literally run amok if its contents are released
swiftly enough (e.g. if the valve is knocked off).

Seems to me, some of the heavy items that people stow in the overheads
could easily smash the valve on that cylinder, if it was thrown into
motion with sufficient G-force. I would have thought the last thing we'd
need in a crash landing would be a loose cylinder (and much oxygen to fan
the flames of any fire).

After considering this, I put my roll-on in a different luggage
compartment.