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Old 05-02-2014, 09:38 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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OP, pack it very carefully, so it is well padded and well supported and take it directly to the cargo shipment desk.

It will cost you more money, but cargo does not go onto conveyer belts. It is taken directly from the check-in desk and placed into the appropriate shipping pod. Cargo handlers do not have the time constraints that baggage handlers do, so they are not racing at breakneck speed and throwing things around.

You'll have to have your package there hours before flight time.

You might have to register in advance to obtain status as a "known shipper". They like to check you out before they start shipping for you. It's painless. You just have to fill out forms.

Call the cargo desk, which is not the same phone as the passenger desk, and ask them how to get it done.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Additional suggestion: don't ship it in light cardboard. If you can get an airline approved dog crate that is the correct size, that is my best suggestion. Those are very difficult to crush or damage.

It will be stacked with other items in a pallet-like situation. It will survive better if it can support weight. The cardboard boxes that companies use are extra heavy and then have padding inside that.

Maybe if you go to a medical supply house, they can give you one of the containers that their oxygen generators are originally shipped in. It wouldn't hurt to ask.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks for the additional suggestions Oregon but....aren't there always buts?....the airport is 2 hours away. No way is it advantageous enough to ship it that way.
Especially since the charges would be similar to Fed Ex or UPS....with the added advantage of either of those delivering directly to our house.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:06 AM
 
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UPS is surprisingly affordable. If you stick a label on it and don't pack it, UPS can see what they're handling and will be able to use more care. Just pad sharp corners and ensure your label won't fall off. But can you do without it for a couple of days for shipping because air freight charges are crazy high.
There must be a way to do this. If the airport is a couple hours away then go as early as necessary and follow Oregon's suggestions.
You've gotten about every possible solution, it seems. How far are you going? You can always try U-ship.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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UPS is surprisingly affordable. If you stick a label on it and don't pack it, UPS can see what they're handling and will be able to use more care. Just pad sharp corners and ensure your label won't fall off. But can you do without it for a couple of days for shipping because air freight charges are crazy high.
There must be a way to do this. If the airport is a couple hours away then go as early as necessary and follow Oregon's suggestions.
You've gotten about every possible solution, it seems. How far are you going? You can always try U-ship.
Again, thanks, but this is equipment that is needed soon as we get home and 'home' is in the boondocks.
UPS and/or FedEx will be approximately $100 and the easiest and safest solution.
Hahahaha....did I say safest? Well...usually.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:48 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Your Profile has you says NY & FL, are you snowbirds? It might be worth it to get a NY unit, and just keep in NY.
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Your Profile has you says NY & FL, are you snowbirds? It might be worth it to get a NY unit, and just keep in NY.
Yes we are and why we have this unit here is a long and probably very boring story.
The short version is we drove down and used it on the way but now have to fly home.
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