I understand carbonated drinks in allowed in cabin, but, is it allowed in air cargo transportation, when you ship in bulk?
Each operator is of course entitled to apply stricter regulations, but there's no restriction against carbonated drinks in the IATA-DGR (based on the ICAO TI, which sets out the framework for dangerous goods regulations).
The maximum amount of pure CO2 an operator may transport in approved packaging (iaw. IATA-DGR) is:
- In gaseous form (UN1013): 150 kg on cargo only aircraft, and 75 kg in passenger/cargo aircraft.
- In liquid form (UN2187): 500 kg on cargo only aircraft, and 50 kg in passenger/cargo aircraft.
- In solid form "dry ice" (UN1845): 200 kg for both cargo and passenger/cargo aircraft
No, Carbonated drinks are generally not dangerous, and are labelled in such a way to let anyone who is transporting them know the contents of the carbonated drink. Before they become dangerous though, other factors would have had to happen that would be considered even more dangerous; The airline would have had to have a sudden change of pressure, such a change would cause a loss of consciousness for all those travelling on board the airline, and doing so would release CO2 from the cans.
I was looking this up, because I am taking IATA DGR training.
Per IATA carbonated beverages are not subject to dgr regulations as they are foodstuff IATA ref 188.8.131.52.2 (very slow pdf download)
184.108.40.206.1 Gases of Division 2.2, are not subject to these Regulations if they are transported at a pressure less than 200 kPa at 20°C and are not liquefied or refrigerated liquefied gases.
220.127.116.11.2 Gases of Division 2.2 are not subject to these Regulations when contained in the following:
(a) foodstuffs, including carbonated beverages (except UN 1950);
(b) balls intended for use in sports;
(c) tyres which meet the provisions of Special Provision A59; or
(d) light bulbs, provided they are packaged so that the projectile effects of any rupture of the bulb will be contained within the package.