ATA Plasma cases, which are used to transport plasma and LCD TVs by air, must first meet or exceed the Airline Transport Association’s ATA Spec 300 or ATA 300 specifications before authorities can permit them to be shipped by air. This standard is concerned with the design and durability of cases. Should a particular model of case fail to achieve ATA 300 certification, it cannot be allowed onboard an airplane, for safety and security reasons. Concisely put, for an “ATA” shipping case to be able to gain this certification, it must be able to survive being shipped by air at least 100 times, and must still be structurally sound and usable after that. Some of the tests run by the ATA to determine if the case is certifiable include dropping test plasma cases repeatedly on all of their corners and surfaces from heights of up to 36 inches, and from different angles, subjecting them to levels of vibration that approximate vibration experienced in the cargo hold of an airplane, checking to see whether edges are sharp or rounded, and examining the durability of certain parts and components. For example, the latches are checked to determine whether or not they are recessed, and if they will fail when subjected to levels of strain similar to those the cases undergo in airline transit.
It may seem inordinate to some, but this certification is meant to help plasma cases users by letting them know if their case and, of course the plasma screen or TV inside it – can survive the rigors of regular air-transport wear and tear.
Not everyone needs a case that meets ATA specs, there are some very good heavy duty, medium duty and light duty plasma cases and plasma display cases that will hold up very well for a normal users transport needs and save them quite a bit of money. It all depends on how often the plasma screens are transported, the method of shipping, and who’s handling the cases!