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Sporting equipment and musical instruments.

You can take most items as part of your free baggage allowance, but might need to pay extra if they're large or heavy.

Sporting goods on British Airways

You can take many types of sports equipment as part of (but not in addition to) your free checked baggage allowance:

If your equipment isn't listed below or you have any questions, please contact us.

Musical instruments on British Airways

You can bring your musical instruments with you when you travel with us.

Smaller musical instruments, such as violins, violas or small wind instruments, can be carried in the cabin as part of, but not in addition to, your free hand baggage allowance. This means you can have a small handbag/laptop size bag as well as your smaller musical instrument case which will count as your second piece of hand baggage. Our airport staff will make every effort to find space in the cabin for musical instruments that are within the dimensions of 80 x 45 x 25cm (31 x 18 x 10in), as we know extreme temperatures can damage these instruments in the hold.

Larger musical instruments, such as guitars and cellos, can be carried in the hold or you can buy an extra seat to carry them with you in the cabin by contacting us at least 24 hours before your flight.

Please carry your musical instrument in a hard case and ensure you are properly insured. We cannot accept instruments in soft cases, e.g. guitars, as we don’t want them to get damaged.

What's my hand baggage allowance?


If your musical instrument in its case is larger than 80 x 45 x 25cm (31 x 18 x 10in):

  • It will be checked into the hold as part of your checked baggage allowance.
  • Where possible, we'll try and accommodate instruments of up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) in the hold, provided you notify us at least 24 hours before your flight.
  • You may be able to buy an extra seat for your instrument if you wish it to travel in the cabin
  • If your instrument weights more than 23kg you might need to pay an overweight baggage charge. The maximum weight of musical instruments we can carry is 45kg (99lb).
  • If required, you can pay to take more checked bags than your allowance.
  • If you are checking in a large instrument, please allow an additional 15 minutes so that the item can be safely and securely handed over to the Baggage staff.

Contact us about your musical instrument

Travelling on other airlines

Baggage allowances and policies can vary by airline, even if you buy your flights through

Check your hand baggage allowance on American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways.

For other airlines, please refer to their websites or contact them directly.

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