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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

Please note that flights to America and New Zealand have slightly different rules surrounding baggage allowance

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.

Sports equipment

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 Global Contact Centres in advance (no later than 72 hours prior to departure) to confirm the bicycle can be accepted on your flight. Space is very limited and is granted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Your bicycle can be included as part of your total checked baggage allowance if 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.