Flying with your TeamO lifejacket

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Flying with your TeamO lifejacket

Flying with a lifejacket can sometimes be complicated because each airline has its own rules about what it will allow on its airplanes. Many sailors and international jury members travel with their own lifejackets however and we are often asked how to fly with a TeamO, so the aim of this blog post is to help you to prepare for your flight with your BackTow lifejacket.

Aviation industry official line:

According to the International Air Transport Association  (Dangerous Goods Regulations; 27th Addition, published 2016, section ) "small cartridges fitted into a self-inflating lifejacket must be for inflation purposes. No more than two small cylinders of carbon dioxide or another suitable non-flammable non-toxic gas fitted in the lifejacket per person and a maximum of two spare cartridges." In addition to this, you are not allowed to carry more than one personal safety device per person, and the personal safety device must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated.

In practice, this means that CO2 cylinders may be carried as either carry-on baggage or checked (hold) baggage, but we highly recommend getting prior approval of the airline you will be travelling with.

TeamO CO2 Cylinder Specifications:

All of our CO2 cylinders are guaranteed to meet the following specifications:

- Weight: our 170N lifejackets carry a 38g CO2 cylinder. The 275N lifejackets carry a 60g CO2 cylinder.

- Burst pressure: minimum 560 Bar

- Internal pressure: 5,70MPa (at 20°C)

Useful Links (In Multiple Languages for Multiple Countries):

There is a download link to a letter here for TeamO customers which you can print out to present to your airline to confirm these details.

In additional you may like to download and print the IATA guidelines mentioned above. The link to their official guide is here, and contains the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Table 2.3.A in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Russian) and a detailed description of the CO2 cylinder. We suggest you print a copy of this and put it together with the TeamO letter above and keep it with your lifejacket.

For US travellers you may also want to print out and carry a copy of the TSA 'Prohibited Items' document (link available here) that explicitly permits two CO2 cartridges to be carried with a PFD.

We hope this short guide is useful for sailors traveling with their TeamO lifejacket. If there are any questions we can answer drop us an email at 


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77 reviews
Muy buena calidad de producto y servicio

Todo perfecto, producto de buena calidad y servicio fiable. Debido al brexit hay que pagar los costes de aduana e impuestos cuando te entregan el paquete. He podido colocar en el interior una baliza personal PLB1 Rescueme de Onesignal, aunque no pude fijarla en el soplador por falta de espacio. Por otro lado el chaleco es muy ligero, confortable y en dias calurosos se soporta bién.

Great lifejacket

Got two of these recently in different colours and got to wear them on a few coastal passages. The jackets are very comfortable, almost to the point of not noticing you are wearing one - and no more neck pain, which is fantastic. They appear very well made, look great and so far have served us well, hopefully will continue doing so in an actual emergency, should one occur. The only small gripe I have is the little loop for hanging the jacket up digging into my back - I'll probably just cut it off as I hang the jacket by the harness attachment point (much wider). Highly recommended product overall, thank you TeamO for all the incredible work I'm sure you had to do to get these on the market.

Great so far

I have worn this a few times and it’s so comfortable with a jacket on I forgot I was wearing it. I have noticed that there is a loop at the neck for hanging it up that is pretty stiff. I would prefer that sit flatter. All in all, great pfd so far.

So far loving it!

Have only worn it for a couple weeks but so far really happy with this lifejacket. It seems well made and fits nicely. As a larger chested lady I was looking for a vest that would not place all the bulk on top of my chest and this has most of it on neck/shoulders, but far enough back on neck that I have full head mobility. My only suggestion would be that the vertical back panel would have adjustable height so I could get the chest strap to truly sit underneath my breasts. I realize this is a specific fit issue that might not apply to most, it still fits better than most all the lifejackets I have tried up until this point. I was surprised to receive my order to the US from the UK really quickly.

Outstanding product and Customer Service

The website was out of stock so I emailed the company. I heard back within 3 business days. I was kept apprised of why no stock and when to expect. I was emailed the day the items posted. I ordered and received the package in 5 days to the US from UK! Lauren and TeamO went above and beyond any other companies customer service Ive ever encountered. Product is amazing too. Our sail club is ordering them.