Special items and sports equipment

Special items

Rules, exceptions and packing instructions apply to special items. The maximum weight and size for all items is 100 lbs and 126 inches (length + width + height). If your equipment exceeds allowances, contact a freight forwarder. All bag fees are non-refundable and apply per person, each way. Overweight and/or oversize charges may apply.

Preferred entertainment and media companies and eligible travelers are offered a special rate and generous bag allowance for cameras, film, lighting, sound equipment, musical instruments and other bags.

Eligible travelers will pay $50 per piece, per one-way domestic trip, or $90/£60/€70, per one-way international trip. Fees for overweight and oversize bags will be waived.*

Each eligible organization/company may travel with up to 25 pieces per flight, subject to seasonal and permanent bag embargoes. The maximum size and weight allowances are subject to the policies in place for the destination. Equipment is subject to seasonal and permanent bag embargoes.

Only eligible travelers receive this media bag program. For details on preferred eligibility and access to this program, please contact your travel agency or American Airlines Entertainment Sales Representative.

Email: media.bags@aa.com

*Bags may not exceed 100lbs/45kg or 126in/320cm in total dimensions (max length of 75in/190cm). Overweight and oversize fees will apply to musical instruments over 50lbs/23kgs and 80in/203cm.

When you travel with cremated remains, they’ll be treated as your carry-on bag. No special documentation is needed if you’re traveling domestically, but please contact a local consulate or burial advisor if you’re traveling internationally since the rules vary.

Certain crematory containers, such as urns, cannot be screened at the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security checkpoint.

  • Before you travel, check with a funeral home to make sure your container will be able to pass through TSA checkpoints.
  • When traveling, airport agents can also check with TSA to determine if your container can pass through security or if it will need to be checked.

Our TLC Specialists can also help handle the transportation of non-cremated remains and will work directly with funeral homes and mortuaries to make necessary arrangements.

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If you’re traveling with a stroller, you’ll need to check it at the ticket counter if it is:

  • Large
  • Non-collapsible
  • Over 20lbs

Traveling with children

You can travel domestically with firearms and ammunition, subject to our rules.

If you are active U.S. military personnel traveling on orders, present your military ID and orders at the check-in counter and you can check*:

  • Up to 5 complimentary bags
  • Bags up to 100lbs and 126 inches (width + length + height)

When traveling on personal business or pleasure you can check:

  • Up to 3 complimentary bags
  • Bags up to 50 lbs and 62 inches (width + length + height)

If you are a military dependent traveling on orders, you will have the same privileges as U.S. military personnel when you present:

  • Your Military Dependent ID
  • A copy of active orders

*Active U.S. military personnel is any member of the U.S. armed forces (Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) in an active status, (Cadets are included). Excludes customers with a Civilian Military ID, US Public Health Service, Military Reserves and National Guard.

You can travel with wheelchairs, braces and other mobility devices as checked bags in addition to your normal checked bag allowance.

Reservations and ticket changes

Carry-on instruments

You can travel with small musical instruments as your carry-on item on a first come, first serve basis as long as it:

  • Fits in the overhead bin; or
  • Fits under the seat in front of you

If your instrument doesn’t fit in the carry-on bag space, you can choose to buy an additional seat which:

  • Costs the applicable adult fare plus any applicable taxes or carrier-imposed fees
  • Is a bulkhead (divider) window seat (not in an Emergency Exit row)
  • Is directly next to yours

If you choose to buy an additional seat for your instrument, please note that seat bags must not weigh more than 165 lbs. (75 kg) and must meet seat size restrictions based on airplane type.

Carry-on bags

Checked instruments

Your musical instrument can also be checked. The maximum size for checked bags, including instruments, is 150 inches (381 cm), and the maximum weight is 165 lbs. (75 kg). Anything larger or heavier would need to be shipped via Cargo.

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The minimum size of the aircraft cargo hold doors on aircraft is 25in high x 40in wide/63cm high x 101cm wide, the ERJ 170 is a bit smaller at 25in x 38in. If your musical instrument is larger, please contact reservations for the exact size of cargo hold doors on the aircraft in your journey.

Please note that due their fragile nature, we will only be liable for damages to musical instruments if:

  • Your instrument is in a hard-sided case
  • The outside of the case is visibly damaged

Travel tips

  • To make sure you have room to store your instrument, board as soon as your group is called, or buy Priority boarding.
  • The size of overhead bin space can vary by fleet type and also between aircraft in a fleet. For further information on the aircraft in your itinerary, please contact Reservations.
  • If your musical instrument needs to be checked, make sure it’s in a hard-sided case

You can travel with a maximum of 2 small portable speakers or 1 sound bar for personal use; total will be calculated between carry-on and checked bags.

Sports equipment

When traveling with any sports equipment, the maximum linear size (length + width + height), weight requirements and cost vary depending on the item.

Reservations and ticket changes

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with antlers if they are:

  • As free of residue as possible
  • Wrapped with protected tips

Cost

$150

Maximum weight and size

70 lbs. and 126 inches based on the airplane size and load factors

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • 1 bow and quiver
  • Arrows
  • A maintenance kit

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

One backpack or knapsack, with or without frame

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with 1 non-motorized touring or racing bike if the:

  • Bike is in a hard-sided case, bike bag or box built for bike transport
  • Handlebars are fixed sideways
  • Pedals are removed; or
  • Pedals and handlebars are wrapped in plastic foam or a similar material

Please note that if your bike is not in a hard-sided case, it will be treated as a fragile item.

Cost

You’ll be charged $150 unless your bike and case are less than 62 inches and under 50 lbs. If so, they’ll be considered as your 1st checked bag.

If you are traveling to, through or from Brazil, your bike will be considered a bag. Once your free bag allowance is exceeded you’ll be charged $85 for each additional bike.

Maximum weight and size

70 lbs. and 126 inches based on the airplane size and load factors

Allowance and requirements

One boogie, skim or speed board

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

If the board is larger than 50 lbs. and 62 inches then the sports item charge of $150 will apply.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with a bowling case with up to a maximum of 3 bowling balls and shoes.

Please note that you cannot check or carry-on bowling ball cleaners with:

  • High amounts of acetone
  • Alcohol over 70% volume

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with 1 piece of camping equipment except:

  • Camping stoves
  • Fuels
  • Sterno
  • Matches
  • Lighters and flares

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • Rods and reels in a case
  • 1 bag with fishing tackle
  • A landing net
  • Fishing boots

Please note that for the purposes of excess bags, 2 pieces will count as 1 item.

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination for your:

  • Fishing rod case
  • Fishing equipment bag

If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

Fishing rod case: 126 inches

Equipment bag: 50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with 1 golf bag with up to:

  • 14 golf clubs
  • 12 golf balls
  • 1 pair of golf shoes

Please note that you cannot travel with swingless golf club load strips.

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

If you are traveling to, through or from Brazil, you’ll be charged $42.50 for your golf equipment.

If the golf bag contains anything other than the approved items then additional oversize and overweight charges will apply. You may be asked to open your bag at the airport.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs.

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with 1 piece of gymnastic equipment

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 126 inches

Allowance and requirements

1 hang glider

Cost

$150

Maximum weight and size

70 lbs. and 126 inches based on airplane size and load factors

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • Hockey, cricket or lacrosse sticks
  • 1 equipment bag

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches including the equipment bag and hockey, cricket or lacrosse sticks

Allowance and requirements

1 javelin

Cost

$150

Maximum weight and size

70 lbs. and 126 inches based on the airplane size and load factors

Allowance and requirements

1 pair of oars

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • 1 scuba tank
  • 1 scuba regulator
  • A tank harness
  • A tank pressure gauge

If you are traveling with a regulator valve:

  • It needs to be completely disconnected from the cylinder and
  • The cylinder needs an opening to allow a visual inspection inside

Cost

$150

Maximum weight and size

70 lbs.

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with a:

  • Scuba regulator
  • Tank harness
  • Tank pressure gauge

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with 1 case with:

  • Up to 3 rifles or shotguns
  • Up to 5 pistols or revolvers
  • Up to 11 lbs. or 5 kgs of ammunition
  • A shooting mat
  • Noise suppressors and tools

Firearms and ammunition

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

1 skateboard

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • 1 pair of skis or a snowboard
  • 1 bag containing a pair of ski or snowboard boots

You cannot travel with lighters or torches for applying ski wax

Cost

You’ll be charged the checked bag fee of your destination and the following items will be treated as a single item:

  • 1 pair of skis
  • A snowboard
  • 1 boot bag with only boots/bindings, helmet and life preserver

Your boot bag can be up to 45 inches (length + width + height) and must contain only boots/bindings, helmet and life preserver. If you put anything else in your boot bag, you’ll have to pay an excess bag fee. You may be asked to open your bag at the airport.

When you’re traveling to, through or from Brazil, once you’ve used your free bag allowance, your ski equipment will cost $28.05.

Maximum weight and size

One pair of skis/snowboard up to 126 inches and one boot bag containing boots/bindings only and not to exceed 45 inches (length + width + height)

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • 1 surfboard
  • A kiteboard
  • A wakeboard or wave ski

Cost

You’ll be charged $150. If the following items are less than 62 inches and 50lbs., you’ll be charged the applicable checked bag fee based on the number of bags you check:

  • Kiteboard
  • Wakeboard
  • Wave skis

If you pack more than 1 surfboard in a bag that weighs under 70 lbs., you’ll only be charged for 1 surfboard.

When you’re traveling to, through or from Brazil, you’ll be charged:

  • $42.50 (1st surfboard)
  • $85 (2+ surfboards)

Maximum weight and size

70 lbs. and 126 inches based on airplane size and load factors.

If you’re traveling to, through or from Brazil, your surfboard can measure up to 108 inches but cannot be included in your checked bag allowance.

Allowance and requirements

Tennis rackets and tennis balls

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • 1 tent with a frame; or
  • 1 sleeping bag

Cost

You’ll be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd bag fee of your destination. If you have excess bags, you’ll be charged the excess fee for each item you travel with.

Maximum weight and size

50 lbs. and 62 inches

Allowance and requirements

You can travel with:

  • 1 board
  • 1 mast
  • A boom and sail

Cost

$150 for every 2 pieces

Maximum weight and size

70 lbs. and 126 inches based on the airplane size and load factors

Liability

We will only be liable for any damage to sports equipment if:

  • They are in hard-sided case
  • The outside of the case is visibly damaged

Liability limitations