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Special items

Antlers

Antlers will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $150 per direction. The following conditions of acceptance apply:

  • Dimension (H + W + L) must not exceed 120 inches/305
  • On the CRJ aircraft the largest dimension cannot exceed 33 in/84 cm and the overall dimensions cannot exceed 99 in/252 cm
  • On the Dash 8 aircraft the largest dimension cannot exceed 50 in/127 cm
  • Head/skull must be completely clean and free of residue
  • Points must be covered and protected
  • One rack per ticketed customer
  • Can’t combine or cradle 2 or more racks

Archery equipment

Archery equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. Archery equipment must be packed in a case or container of sufficient strength to protect the bows and quiver with arrows from accidental damage. One item of archery equipment consists of:

  • One bow
  • One quiver
  • One maintenance kit

Baseball equipment

Baseball equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of baseball equipment consists of:

  • 4 bats
  • Helmet
  • Uniform
  • Cleats
  • Batting gloves
  • Glove
  • Catcher may have additional equipment (padding, mask, etc.)

Bicycles

Bicycles will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $150 per direction, if over 62 in/157 cm in total dimensions (total dimensions are length + width + height). If the bicycle is under 62 in/157 cm in total dimensions, it will count as a first or second checked bag. One item of bicycle equipment is defined as 1 non-motorized touring or racing bicycle with a single seat. Bicycles should be prepared for transportation by the passenger. Bicycle must be placed in a card board or hard cased bike container. Bicycles not enclosed will still be accepted, however, the handlebars must be fixed sideways and pedals removed, or bicycle handlebars and pedals must be encased in plastic or foam or similar material for transport. A release form will also need to be signed by the passenger.

    Boogie boards

    Boogie boards will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage.

      Bowling equipment

      Bowling equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. Bowling bags are acceptable as carry on bags but must fit under the seat in front of you, and contain only 1 bowling ball. Bowling balls may not be stowed in the overhead bins. One unit of bowling equipment consists of:

      • 3 bowling balls
      • 1 bowling bag
      • 1 pair of shoes

      Crematory containers

      Passengers are allowed to carry a crematory container as part of their carry-on or checked luggage, but the container must pass through the X-ray machines. If the container is made of a material that generates an opaque image and prevents the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container cannot be allowed onboard the aircraft. Passengers are encouraged to purchase a temporary container to transport the contents onboard. More information is available at tsa.gov.

        Firearms

        US Airways will allow passengers to transport firearms in accordance with Federal Law.

        • Items of shooting equipment will be accepted as checked baggage only.
        • A passenger who presents checked baggage that contains a firearm must declare the weapon and sign a written acknowledgement that the firearm is unloaded.
        • Firearms must be packed in a manufacturer’s hard–sided container specifically designed for the firearm, a locked hard–sided gun case, or a locked hard–sided piece of luggage. Handguns may be packed in a locked hard–sided gun case, and then packed inside an unlocked soft–sided piece of luggage. However, a Conditional Acceptance Tag must be used in this case.
        • Baggage containing firearms must be locked at all times and the key or lock combination retained by the passenger.
        • A Firearm Unloaded Declaration form (available only at the airport) must be signed and placed inside the bag or gun case.
        • Checked ammunition may not exceed 11 lbs/5 kg per person. Ammunition must be packed in the original manufacturing package or constructed of wood, fiber, plastic, or metal and provide separation for cartridges. No additional documentation is required.
        • There is no limit to the number of items contained in rifle, shotgun or pistol case, up to 50 lbs/23 kg, 62 in/157 cm in maximum.
        • A passenger who presents a firearm to be checked to an international destination must be in possession of all required import documentation for their international destination city and any international transit points. It is the responsibility of the passenger to acquire the required documentation from the applicable government entity prior to travel (usually a consulate or embassy). Firearms will not be accepted for transport if international import requirements have not been met.

        Fishing equipment

        Fishing equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of fishing equipment consists of:

        • 2 rods
        • 1 reel
        • 1 landing net
        • 1 pair of waders (properly encased)
        • 1 tackle box

        Golf equipment

        Golf equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. A pull cart may be included if it is attached to a golf bag. Golf equipment should be enclosed with a cover to prevent loss of contents. Hard sided carriers are recommended. One item of golf equipment consists of:

        • 1 golf bag, containing no more than 14 golf clubs
        • 12 golf balls
        • One pair of golf shoes

        Hockey equipment

        Hockey equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of hockey equipment consists of:

        • Hockey pads
        • Helmet
        • Hockey pants/jersey
        • Gloves
        • Skates
        • 12 hockey sticks

        Lacrosse equipment

        Lacrosse equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of lacrosse equipment consists of:

        • 2 lacrosse sticks
        • Helmet
        • Gloves
        • Shoulder pads
        • Uniform

        Military baggage

        Effective June 10, 2011, active U.S. military personnel with ID and dependents traveling with them on orders get the 1st through 4th bags up to 100 lbs/45 kg each free of charge. Active U.S. military personnel on personal travel are exempt from 1st and 2nd checked bag fees (overweight/oversize fees may still apply).

          Musical instruments

          Musical instruments are considered a fragile item. Fragile items will be accepted as checked baggage if they are appropriately packaged in a container/case designed for shipping such items. Fragile items without appropriate packaging will be accepted upon the execution of a release furnished by US Airways relieving US Airways of liability for loss/damage of checked baggage.

            Musical instruments are permitted as carry-on baggage as long as they can be safely stowed and have dimensions no greater than 75 inches/190 cm (length + width + height).

            • 49in/124 cm + 16in/41 cm + 10in/25 cm
            Seat Baggage
            US Airways allows customers to carry their musical instrument in the cabin with them if the instrument exceeds the size restrictions for carry-on baggage and/or the customer believes that the instrument is too fragile to be handled as checked baggage. To do this:

            • The customer must purchase an extra seat for the instrument. Cost of the seat is the applicable adult fare for the portions of the flight that the extra seat is requested plus sales tax.
            • The musical instrument must be secured in or against a window seat (not in an Emergency Exit Row).
            • The customer must be seated in the seat directly next to the instrument.
            • Seat baggage must not weigh more than 170 lbs./77 kg and must meet the size restrictions based on aircraft type.
            • Cellos and bass violas will only be accepted as seat baggage.

            Paintball equipment

            Paintball guns are prohibited from carry-on luggage. These items should be packed in checked luggage. Paintball guns are not considered a firearm and may be transported in unlocked, soft or hard-sided luggage. Compressed gas cylinders are not permitted for travel on US Airways. They are considered a hazardous material and US Airways does not ship such materials. Passengers considering air travel with a compressed air or CO2 system should be advised to consider shipping the system to their destination.

              Parachuting equipment

              Parachute equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of parachuting equipment consists of 1 sporting parachute and any additional items (example: rigging, etc) securely attached. Sporting parachutes are acceptable as carry-on baggage provided the parachute and its accessories meet carry-on size limitations and does not contain compressed gas cylinders or other such items classified as dangerous goods.

                Pets

                Pets are not allowed on transatlantic flights.

                  Scuba diving equipment

                  Scuba diving equipment (including the scuba tank) will be accepted as checked baggage for $150. If the scuba tank is not included, the remaining items will be accepted as part of the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. Items are subject to overweight and oversize fees if over 50 lbs or 62 inches. One item of scuba diving equipment consists of:

                  • 1 empty scuba tank
                  • 1 regulator
                  • 1 pressure tank
                  • 1 mask
                  • 2 fins
                  • 1 snorkel
                  • 1 knife
                  • 1 spear gun
                  • 1 B.C. vest

                  Ski equipment

                  Ski equipment may be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. US Airways will accept 2 ski bags, however, 1 item of ski equipment consists of 1 pair of skis or snowboard, 1 pair of ski boots, 1 pair of ski poles and 1 pair of ski bindings. The passenger must provide acceptable encasement/packaging for the ski equipment, such as fiberglass or cloth bag to protect the ski equipment and to prevent damage to other bags. (US Airways may provide plastic ski bags if available). If the ski equipment is not properly packaged/protected, the customer assumes all risk of damage.

                    Speakers

                    Large, commercial-sized or separate self contained speakers are not permitted as checked baggage. They may contain magnets that may cause safety issues. Small speakers attached to another device (MP3 player, stereo or laptop) will be accepted.

                      Surfboards

                      Surfboards will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $150 per direction. One item of surfing equipment consists of 1 surfboard. When packaging a surfboard, keels and/or kedges must be removed or crated in such a manner so as to prevent damage to other baggage. Surfboards will be accepted on US Airways Express flights. However, their acceptance may be restricted by length on some aircraft. A US Airways Reservation agent can provide additional information.

                        Tennis

                        Tennis equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of tennis equipment consists of tennis equipment contained in a case.

                          Water skiing equipment

                          Water ski equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. The passenger must provide acceptable encasement/packaging to provide suitable protection to the water ski equipment and to prevent damage to other bags. One unit of water ski equipment consists of 1 pair of water skis and 1 life preserver.

                            Wedding dresses

                            Your wedding dress can be stored in the overhead bin provided that it meets our carry-on baggage size requirements. It's recommended that you store the dress in a garment bag and fold it in half to reduce wrinkling. Carry-on items often shift in-flight which could possibly wrinkle, crush, or tear delicate items. Also, we cannot guarantee that items stored in overhead bins will not have other items placed on top of them by other passengers. The maximum garment bag size is 45 in/114 cm.

                              Wheelchairs

                              At no charge, US Airways will accept 1 wheelchair per passenger according to the following requirements and limitations:

                              • The wheelchair will be carried in the cargo compartment of the aircraft, if in-cabin storage space is not available.
                              • All types of wheelchairs are accepted, collapsible or non collapsible, electric-powered with wet or dry cell batteries.
                              • At the time of check-in, electric-powered wheelchairs must have cables disconnected and terminals protected against electrical shortages.
                              • For wet cell battery powered wheelchairs
                                • Passengers must provide US Airways 24 hours notice of intent to transport.
                                • Passengers must check in at the departure gate at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled flight departure time.
                                • Battery must be disconnected and terminals protected against electrical shorting.
                                • Battery must be contained in a leak proof box fastened securely to the wheelchair.
                                • On flights utilizing DC9 aircraft (some US Airways flights operated by codeshare partners), wet cell battery-powered wheelchairs exceeding 31 inches/79 cm in vertical height cannot be accepted.
                                • It may be necessary to remove the battery if the wheelchair cannot be loaded, stowed, and unloaded in an upright manner.
                              • Get more information about special needs travel

                              Windsurfing equipment

                              Windsurfing equipment will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $150 per item. Windsurfing equipment is NOT accepted on US Airways Express flights. One item of windsurfing equipment consists of:

                              • One windsurfing board with a wooded boom
                              • One mast with a maximum length of 19 feet/5.8 meters and a sail