135.87 Carriage of cargo including carry-on baggage.
No person may carry cargo, including carry-on baggage, in or on any
(a) It is carried in an approved cargo rack, bin, or compartment
installed in or on the aircraft;
(b) It is secured by an approved means; or
(c) It is carried in accordance with each of the following:
(1) For cargo, it is properly secured by a safety belt or other tie-down
having enough strength to eliminate the possibility of shifting under all
normally anticipated flight and ground conditions, or for carry-on baggage,
it is restrained so as to prevent its movement during air turbulence.
(2) It is packaged or covered to avoid possible injury to occupants.
(3) It does not impose any load on seats or on the floor structure that
exceeds the load limitation for those components.
(4) It is not located in a position that obstructs the access to, or use
of, any required emergency or regular exit, or the use of the aisle between
the crew and the passenger compartment, or located in a position that
obscures any passenger's view of the “seat belt” sign, “no smoking” sign, or
any required exit sign, unless an auxiliary sign or other approved means for
proper notification of the passengers is provided.
(5) It is not carried directly above seated occupants.
(6) It is stowed in compliance with this section for takeoff and landing.
(7) For cargo only operations, paragraph (c)(4) of this section does not
apply if the cargo is loaded so that at least one emergency or regular exit
is available to provide all occupants of the aircraft a means of
unobstructed exit from the aircraft if an emergency occurs.
(d) Each passenger seat under which baggage is stowed shall be fitted
with a means to prevent articles of baggage stowed under it from sliding
under crash impacts severe enough to induce the ultimate inertia forces
specified in the emergency landing condition regulations under which the
aircraft was type certificated.
(e) When cargo is carried in cargo compartments that are designed to
require the physical entry of a crewmember to extinguish any fire that may
occur during flight, the cargo must be loaded so as to allow a crewmember to
effectively reach all parts of the compartment with the contents of a hand