Smallest airline-safe PFD?
September 24, 2013 7:41 AM Subscribe
Trying to find an extremely small personal floatation device which is airline safe and suitable for a non-swimmer; any recommendations? I am aware of the various "belt-pack" devices, but all of those I've found thus far rely on CO2 and are not especially suitable for non-swimmers.
posted by aramaic to sports, hobbies, & recreation (12 answers total)
I have upcoming river travel in some fairly remote areas with a companion that is not a good swimmer. While we could probably get away with a CO2-initiated PFD in most of the developed world, the prospect of trying to get a CO2 cartridge through security (either checked or carry-on) in the backcountry parts of the developing world does not fill me with enthusiasm.
Consequently I'm looking around for extremely portable PFD strategies that don't rely on CO2. I'm considering acquiring a SOSpenders-style device, and then removing the CO2, but that will rely on my companion being able to inflate the device themselves, should it be needed. This worries me slightly, but at the same time I am concerned about the overall weight & volume for traditional PFDs, since we will need to carry them for weeks and my companion is not enthusiastic about wearing a traditional PFD in the presence of border tribes.
An alternative might be some type of throwable survival floatation device, if it doesn't require CO2? The river travel is slow, so consciousness upon entering the water is basically assured.