I've seen on many airports a lot of vehicles transporting some "brown boxes".


Any idea of what is this? (I don't ask what's exactly inside this box, just in general) Source: 123rf.com



What that may be? Baggage? : in case that boxes contain baggage, why don't they put it as loose baggage or in ULD's. May that be other type of cargo?

  • $\begingroup$ Where was this picture taken and when? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ Brazil also exports organic cocoa to Switzerland, that might be what you are asking for. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 16:56
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    $\begingroup$ Lots of cargo is packed in cardboard before being packed on a pallet. $\endgroup$
    – J W
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 17:48
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    $\begingroup$ @kepler22b: Are you serious? What do you pack things in to move them from your attic to your cellar? Discarded refrigerators? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 20:51
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    $\begingroup$ Also, editing in the source of your images is generally considered good form, though the Getty Image contains obvious copyright info. It might be wise to see if you can find a non-copyright image to use in its place (unless, of course, you have permission to use the image). $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 21:21

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Your question is rather broad and somewhat unclear, but what you have is a picture of a baggage tug and cart.

The carts are loaded with passenger baggage or cargo, then strings of them are pulled to the aircraft by the tug before being loaded on to the plane.

Based on the additional pictures, I think what you're after would be called palletized cargo. It's stuff, put in boxes, placed on pallets, wrapped with stretch wrap, with a net thrown over the top and hooked down to keep it from sliding off the pallet.

It is most likely not passenger baggage. That's either loaded one piece at a time by hand, or in a ULD.

If you're asking what's in those particular boxes, you'd have to zoom in quite close to find a label on a box to even have a chance of figuring it out. Just about anything can be and is shipped in a brown cardboard box, from anywhere to anywhere in the world. This question is far too broad and off topic for Aviation.SE, and probably any SE.

  • $\begingroup$ humorless downvoter seems to have struck here, too. :( Considering the question was nearly closed when I originally answered, I don't think it was that bad... $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 21:09
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    $\begingroup$ It's too small a change for me to suggest an edit, but you want palletize (to place on pallets) in place of palatalized (a phonetic term). $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 3:42
  • $\begingroup$ @JeffreyBosboom thank you sir. That's what I get for relying on the red, squiggly underline, instead of thinking... $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 12:57

Those are cargo and baggages. Yes passenger flights do transport cargo other than baggages.


shipping batteries could be a possibility.

  • $\begingroup$ Not on a passenger flight, it couldn't. But it could be millions of other things. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ humorless downvoter has no humor $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 20:47

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