Someone recently sent a PM to me concerning shipping Jetboil canisters by commercial air to the Bush in Alaska. I thought the information should be posted here, as I know there are several folks in these forums that use that stove.
It is my understanding that the Jetboil canisters are currently forbidden from air transport on either passenger or cargo aircraft, because they do not carry the appropriate DOT (Department of Transportation) markings on the canister. It is my understanding that there are some after-market brands of canisters that will work in the stove, that may be shipped because they do carry the DOT markings.
Does anyone have an update on this, or different information?
It should also be noted that any hazardous materials (such as flammable gas or other stove fuels) will incur a HAZMAT shipping charge in addition to the freight rate. Currently the standard fee on Alaska Airlines, Northern Air Cargo, etc. is $50, whether you're shipping one match or a whole pallet of propane gas. As I said, you should also expect to pay the regular freight weight (usually charged per pound) in addition to the HAZMAT fee.
In some cases it's probably best to simply have your air charter purchase the items for you in the village, if they're available. In the case of Jetboil canisters, they are probably not available in the Bush, as they are still a relatively new item not commonly used out there. You're more likely to find propane, and especially white gas (usually called "Blazo" in most of Alaska). If you ask your charter operator to pick these things up for you, I'd expect to pay them for this service. If they don't ask you to pay, it would be good to at least offer, or to perhaps give them a tip for the extra service.
Hope it helps!