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Test Method: SATRA TM243

Luggage handle strength - ‘snatch’ test

September 2008


This test method is intended to determine the ‘snatch’ strength of luggage handles and handle attachment when the loaded luggage is lifted, dropped through a defined distance and the fall arrested. The method is applicable to all luggage handles (on suitcases, bags, briefcases, holdalls, rucksacks etc.).


The luggage is loaded with contents of defined mass distributed as evenly as possible. For a defined number of cycles, the luggage is lifted by the handle through a defined distance, allowed to fall freely through this distance and the fall arrested. Any damage that has occurred is assessed visually. The test is usually carried out in a non-destructive manner by terminating it after the defined number of cycles at a specified loading. The test is terminated if the handle fails completely.


This Test Method does not reference any additional Standards or Test Methods.


First issued June 2007. Revised September 2008.


This test method is available to members and non-members.


This price is for a printed copy of the Test Method.

  • Members: £75
  • Non-members: £215



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