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Sports equipment

If you need to travel with sports equipment like skis or a skateboard, please take note of our guidelines, which change depending on the route you fly.

See our guidelines

Your sports equipment is counted as part of your check in allowance

When flying to most destinations, please follow our check in luggage guidance for weight and dimensions. If your kit exceeds these amounts, you will be charged for having excess baggage.

See more about excess bag charges

Special rules and regulations

For some items of sports equipment we have certain preparation requirements for you to bring them on board.

If you plan on travelling with a bicycle, please contact our Customer Care as far in advance as possible, though at least 72 hours prior to departure. This is confirm that your bicycle can be accepted in the aircraft assigned to your flight, noting that space is very limited and is granted on a first-come-first-served basis. The bicycle can be included as part of your total checked baggage allowance as long as it meets the following requirements:

  • A non-motorised touring or racing, single-seat bicycle
  • Handlebars that are either fixed, tightened sideways, tightened parallel to the frame or enclosed in plastic foam or similar material
  • Pedals that have been either removed, fixed inwards or enclosed in plastic foam and similar material
  • Deflated tyres
  • Packed in a strong and protective hard case or recognised bicycle box. If departing from Zurich airport, there is a height restriction on the bicycle box: 100 cm (39 in) or lower

You may bring a rescue backpack as checked baggage or hand baggage. The backpack must be stowed in a way that means it will not be accidentally activated. The airbag within the backpack must be fitted with pressure relief valves.

Backpacks containing a cylinder of compressed gas (in division 2.2) may only be equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism that contains less than 200mg of Division 1.4S. Please present your data sheet at check in.

Please note that the compressed gas cylinder must be carried in the corresponding avalanche rescue backpack, only one avalanche rescue backpack is allowed per passenger.

Sporting firearms consist of:

  • one rifle case containing not more than two rifles, 5kg / 11 lb of ammunition, one shooting mat, noise suppressor and small rifle tools
  • two shotguns and two shotgun cases
  • one pistol case containing not more than five pistols, 5 kg / 11 lbs of ammunition, noise suppressors, one pistol telescope and small pistol tools

Any passenger wishing to travel with firearms should read about our banned items and get in touch with our booking and reservation office for further details.