Baggage

Everything you need to know about preparing your bags: from hand baggage to checked baggage, special baggage to assistance in the event of a problem.

SPECIAL BAGGAGE

ALL THE RULES FOR THE CARRIAGE OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, WEAPONS AND AMMUNITIONDIPLOMATIC BAGS E ASH URNS

 

FRAGILE AND LARGE ITEMS TO BE TAKEN IN THE CABIN, SUCH AS WEDDING GOWNS, CHINA, CRYSTAL WARE, PAINTINGS, ETC., ARE SUBJECT TO SEAT IN CABIN BAGGAGE PAYMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ALITALIA CUSTOMER CENTER AT 1-800-223-5730. 

 

Please note that Alitalia's liability limits for delays, loss or damage to baggage, including special baggage, are governed by the Montreal Convention 1999 and the Alitalia General Conditions of Carriage.

 

If you wish to extend these limits, find out more about how to make the VALUE DECLARATION, otherwise we suggest you to take out special insurance for your special baggage.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Some sports equipment, if it falls within the baggage allowance granted by your ticket fare, is considered as normal checked baggage.

 

Sports equipment weighing up to 23 kg is included in the allowance and is free of charge. If its exceeds 23 kg, the fee for excess baggage will be applied.

 

For details on what is considered sport equipment and to know which equipment is an exception to free transport duty free consult the Discover more section.

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For details on what is considered sport equipment and to know which equipment is an exception to free transport duty free consult the Discover more section.

The following items are considered to be sports equipment:

  • Skiing and snow equipment
    • a pair of skis with bindings, snowshoes, snow boots and a helmet or a snowboard, bindings and boots and helmet or a complete kite snow gear.
  • Water skiing equipment 
    • a pair of water skis or slalom water skis.
  • Golf equipment
    • a golf bag including clubs, balls and a pair of golf shoes.
  • Polo equipment
    • a set of polo pallets.
  • Underwater equipment
    • mask, snorkel, fins, neoprene suit, gav, regulator, an empty oxygen tank, a lamp (switched off, with the power supplied separately, the batteries disconnected from the appliance and protected against short circuits). The underwater fishing rifle must have a separate spear and if it must be unloaded.
  • Fishing equipment
    • 2 fishing rods, a reel, a net, a pair of boots, a bait box or a haversack
  • Bicycle 
    • a normal bicycle (without engine, no e-bike), single-seater, suitably packed with rigid packaging, with the handlebar fixed sideways, pedals removed and tires with zero pressure.
  • Tandem
    • without engine (no e-bike), suitably packed with rigid packaging, with the handlebars disassembled or fixed sideways, the pedals removed and the tires with zero pressure
  • Surfing
    • a shortboard type surfing board
  • Kitesurfing
    • a sail, a surfboard
  • Windsurfing and longboard
    • a windsurfing board, a sail, a mast, a boom, an impermeable bag; a longboard table
  • Canoe/Kayak
    • a canoe or kayak (without engine), two paddles
  • Fencing equipment
    • a bag containing a uniform, a cuirass, a mask, blades.
  • Tennis/squash/badminton equipment
    • a bag containing only a kit of rackets and balls
  • Archery 
    • a bag containing a bow, arrows, a quiver, gloves and set-up accessories.

 

TANDEM BIKES, SURFING AND WINDSURFING EQUIPMENT

The boarding in the hold of tandem bikes, surfing and windsurfing equipment is always in excess of the deductible of your ticket and is subject to the availability of space. Contact the Customer Center at least 48 before the flight departs. If other carriers are involved in the itinerary, it is necessary to receive a prior confirmation of the transport from all.

Present yourself at the check-in desk at least one hour before the time limit for acceptance on your flight.

This table shows the excess baggage rates valid for only surfing, windsurging and tandem bikes. The rates given are one way. 

ARE YOU AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB MEMBER?

  • Visit the dedicated page to find out about baggage allowance benefits and discounts that may apply to transporting your sports equipment.

 

 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

All musical instruments the sum of whose dimensions (height, width, length) does not exceed 115 cm and whose length does not exceed 115 cm, and with a maximum weight of 8 kg, can be carried free of charge on board, in a special hard case, instead of hand luggage.

Instruments, such as cellos, which do not exceed the following dimensions: 52x40x135 cm (width, depth, height) and weight of 55 kg, must be carried on board by paying for a seat in the cabin (this service is not available for passengers travelling with a Light Fare). The booking must be made at least 48 hours before the day of departure.

Passengers wishing to carry their own musical instruments on board Alitalia flights must arrive at check-in at least 60 minutes before it closes.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments measuring less than 115 cm in length and weighing less than 8-kg are classed as normal hand baggage. Instruments exceeding this size and weight must instead be transported as checked baggage.

If you choose to or need to transport instruments in the hold, you must inform the Customer Center 48 hours before departure*.

TRANPORTING YOUR CELLO AND SIMILAR INSTRUMENTS

Cellos can be carried on board by paying for a seat in the cabin. The booking must be made at least 48 hours before the day of departure.

In such cases, the instrument must be transported inside a hard case that does not weigh more than 32 kg (including the case) and does not exceed the following dimensions:

  • 52 cm wide
  • 40 cm deep
  • 135 cm high

These measurements include the base support (if it cannot be removed).

The cello should be transported in an upright position and placed in a seat near the window and next to the passenger.

You must go to the check-in desk with your cello at least 60-minutes before the check-in time limit. Tickets for cellos can only be bought by contacting the call center.

The fare for a single cello is the same as the fare for an adult ticket in Economy Class. This service is not available for passengers travelling with a Light fare ticket.

For more information, please contact Baggage Assistance.

 

*The transportation of instruments in the hold is subject to the normal excess baggage fees.

WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION

Transportation of weapons from/to the United Kingdom (both in the hold and in the cabin) is temporarily suspended pending the finalization of the renewal process of the authorization for Alitalia by the British Authorities.

The suspension will be start on the 28th of May 2017 and will be valid until further notice.

 

Weapons and ammunition are not included in the baggage allowance. They must be registered during check-in, subject to payment of a flat-rate surcharge based on the flight destination. Each passenger is allowed to carry a maximum of 20 kg of weapons and a maximum of 5 kg gross per person of ammunition.

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Weapons and ammunition are not included in the baggage allowance. They must be registered during check-in, subject to payment of a flat-rate surcharge based on the flight destination. Each passenger is allowed to carry a maximum of 20 kg of weapons and a maximum of 5 kg of ammunition.

This table indicates the baggage excess fee* for transporting weapons and ammunition

APPLICABLE LAWS

The transportation of weapons and ammunition is governed by specific regulations under Law no. 694 of December 23, 1974. In accordance with article 30 of the public safety consolidation act of June 18, 1931 no. 773, weapons are defined as personal weapons, that is, firearms and any weapon whose natural purpose is to harm people, including cutting or puncturing items (daggers, knives, and similar).

TRANSPORTATION

Weapons and ammunition, whose transportation is governed by law enforcement authorities under applicable law, must be declared when booking your flight. They can only be accepted as checked baggage tagged to the final destination, under the following conditions:

  • Weapons must be unloaded, disassembled, and packaged in an appropriate and separate locked container. For passengers without an appropriate container, Alitalia can provide, for a surcharge, a container measuring 30 x 22 x 8 cm for small weapons or ammunition.
  • Ammunition must:
    • Not exceed 5 kg (11 lb) per passenger
    • Be properly protected against impacts and abrupt movements
    • Be packaged in locked individual metal, wooden or fiberglass containers that are resistant to impacts and fire
    • Be transported for sports purposes

Incendiary or explosive bullets or ammunition may not be transported under any circumstances.

Weapons and ammunition that are shipped at the same time must be in two separate and distinct containers; however, only one FEE will be applied.

Considering the special nature of this sort of baggage, you will receive specific information regarding law enforcement regulations and customs procedures. This will allow you to have all of the right documents ready and avoid any problems with the authorities while you travel.

All passengers wishing to transport weapons on flights to or in transit in Abu Dhabi need to obtain a preventive authorization from the local authorities. It is therefore necessary to download the attached module and send it filled, at least 7 days before the departure date, to the following address docspeciali@alitalia.com.

 

TRANSIT THROUGH ITALY

If your trip includes a stopover or connecting flight in Italy, weapons will be cleared by customs in the Italian airport both on arrival and upon departure, even if they are traveling to another destination inside the country or are tagged through to a foreign destination.

Upon arrival, the weapons will be escorted by Alitalia, or by a representative of Alitalia, to the airport police, who will then ensure they are delivered to the proper place. For more information, please call Baggage Assistance.

 

*Excess baggage charges are given in: EUR (from Europe, Eastern Europe and Japan), CAD (from Canada), and USD (from the USA and rest of the world)

DIPLOMATIC BAG

A diplomatic bag is a sealed bag accompanied by a diplomatic courier who declares it as such during check-in.

URNS

All the necessary information on how to transport urns in the cabin on our flights.

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To transport urns* in the cabin, you must:

  • Have a certificate of cremation (for travel within the EU)
  • Check that the accompanying documents meet the requirements of the authorities in the destination country; you must also have a certificate of cremation (travel outside the EU)
  • Make sure that the urn is properly packaged to ensure that it is safe and discreet
  • Make sure that the urn can be inspected by X-ray (no lead, no titanium)
  • Contact the relevant company directly for the required information (connecting flights operated by other carriers)
     

* Law no.-130 of March-30, 2001, published in the Official Journal of the European Union no.-91 of April-19, 2001, Art.3