Flying on American Airlines?
American has different baggage policies and rules for traveling with special items. Learn more about their policies before you book and travel.
TSA and FAA information
The Federal Government, in partnership with all U.S. airlines, is working hard to keep every flight safe and secure. To accomplish this goal, airlines are required to comply with federally-mandated checked baggage regulations, and passengers are responsible for deciding whether the items included in both their accessible property and checked baggage are allowable under the law.
Antlers will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $200 per direction. The following conditions of acceptance apply:
- Dimensions (H + W + L) must not exceed 120 in/305 cm
- 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
- 1 rack per ticketed customer
- Can’t combine or cradle 2 or more racks
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:
- 1 bow
- 1 quiver
- 1 maintenance kit
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
- Batting gloves
- Catcher will have additional equipment (padding, mask, etc.)
Bicycles and bicycle cases under 62 in/157 cm in total dimensions (length + width + height) will be accepted as checked baggage as a first or second checked bag. Bicycles and bicycle cases (regardless of the size of the bike within the case) over 62 in/157 cm in total dimensions will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $200 per direction. One item of bicycle equipment is defined as 1 non-motorized touring or racing bicycle with a single seat.
The passenger should prepare the bicycle for transportation. The bicycle should be placed in a cardboard or hard-cased bike container. Bicycles not enclosed in a case are still accepted: the handlebars must be fixed sideways and the pedals removed, or bicycle handlebars and pedals must be encased in plastic, foam or similar material for transport. The passenger will be required to sign a release form.
Boogie boards will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage.
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
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.
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 clips with ammunition loaded are not accepted. 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 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 will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage – one per person. 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. If the golf bag contains anything other than golf equipment and is intended to be used as baggage, then the oversize baggage fee applies.
One item of golf equipment consists of:
- 1 golf bag, containing no more than 14 golf clubs
- 12 golf balls
- 1 pair of golf shoes
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
- Hockey pants/jersey
- 12 hockey sticks
Kayaks and canoes will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $200 per direction. They are not included in the baggage allowance. If the kayak or canoe is not packaged in a hard shelled-case specifically designed for shipping, then a limited release must be signed by the customer. Kayaks and canoes are not accepted on US Airways Express flights. One unit of kayak or canoe equipment consists of:
- Dimensions (H + W + L) must not exceed 115 in/292 cm and weight must not exceed 100 lb/45 kg
- 1 kayak or canoe
- Paddles or oars
- Life vest
- Carrying container
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
- Shoulder pads
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 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 in/190 cm (length + width + height).
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 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.
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.
Scuba diving equipment
Effective April 1, 2009, scuba diving equipment (including the scuba tank) will be accepted as checked baggage for $200. 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 or 1 pressure tank
- 1 regulator
- 1 mask
- 2 fins
- 1 snorkel
- 1 knife
- 1 spear gun
- 1 B.C. vest
Ski equipment may be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of ski equipment may consists of:
- A pair of skis and poles or a snowboard (in a case or bag)
- A separate bag containing only one pair of boots/bindings
You 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. (We may provide plastic ski bags if available). If the ski equipment is not properly packaged/protected, you assume all risk of damage.
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 and kite boards will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $200 per direction. One item of surfing equipment consists of 1 surfboard or 1 kite board.
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 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.
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 51 in/130 cm.
At no charge, US Airways will accept 1 wheelchairmobility device per passenger according to the following requirements and limitations:
- The wheelchair/mobility device will be carried in the cargo compartment of the aircraft, if in-cabin storage space is not available
- All types of wheelchairs/mobility devices are accepted, collapsible or non-collapsible, electric-powered with wet,or dry cell or lithium-ion (see restrictions below) batteries
- At the time of check-in, electric-powered wheelchair/mobility devices 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.
- It may be necessary to remove the battery if the wheelchair cannot be loaded, stowed, and unloaded in an upright manner.
Windsurfing equipment will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $200 per item. Windsurfing equipment is not accepted on US Airways Express flights. One item of windsurfing equipment consists of:
- 1 windsurfing board with a wooded boom
- 1 mast with a maximum length of 19 ft/5.8 meters and a sail