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.
To be authorized as an ATA flight case, basically it must be be able to withstand being transported by air a minimum of 100 times, remain structurally sound and usable.
The cases go through rigorous testing to determine if the case is ATA worthy. Some of the tests the ATA use include repeatedly dropping the plasma cases from height up to 3 feet, from different angles. A cargo hold test is done where the cases are subjected to the level of vibration they would experience in flight, the edges are checked to see if they are sharp or rounded, all parts and components are checked for durability. The latches, handles and hardware must be recessed and tested for failure when subjected to the strain experienced when shipped by air.
This testing and certification is meant to ensure LCD case users that their case and the equipment inside it can hold up to the rigorous handling and wear and tear of cargo hold travel, it may seem excessive to some but considering the value of plasma screens and LCD TVs it’s well worth it, not to mention the headache of scrambling for a replacement if you arrive at a convention and your display equipment is damaged!.
Of course not everyone need to spend the money for a plasma travel case that meets ATA specs, there are some excellent heavy duty, medium duty and light duty plasma cases and plasma display cases that will hold up very well for a regular users transportation needs.
When picking out a new plasma case you’ll need to choose the thickness of the wood 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch, carpet or foam lined, the thickness of the foam, wheels and wheel size, for a plasma case I recommend wheels at a minimum height of 3 inches, recessed or regular hardware and most importantly you need to know the dimensions of your plasma screen. When choosing between ATA, Heavy Duty, Medium Duty or Light Duty it a lot depends on how often the plasma screens are transported, how they are being shipped, and who’s going to be handling the cases!