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

IF YOUR REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE CUSTOMER CENTER

 

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

You are welcome to bring your sports equipment on our flights, but there are a few rules you need to know.

There will be an additional charge for any kind of sports equipment that you would like to bring on our flights.

There will be an excess baggage fee for any objects that exceed more than 23 kg in weight and more than 300 cm in their dimensions (length + width + height).

Please always check that your sports equipment is properly and securely packaged: in a rigid container that cannot be bent out of shape.

Below you can find the detailed costs for bringing your sports equipment on board.

  DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
INTERCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS*
ALL CHANNELS
   
SMALL SPORTS EQUIPMENT 
EUR35/USD40 EUR70/USD80
LARGE SPORTS EQUIPMENT  
EUR55/USD60
EUR100/USD110
AT THE AIRPORT
   
SMALL SPORTS EQUIPMENT  
EUR45/USD50 EUR90/USD100
LARGE SPORTS EQUIPMENT  
EUR70/USD80 EUR125/USD140

*excluding USA, Canada and Mexico.

 

SMALL SPORTS EQUIPMENT

The following items are considered to be small sports equipment:

  • Ski and snow equipment

a pair of skis with bindings, snowshoes, snow boots and a helmet or snowboard, bindings and boots and helmet or a complete set of snow kite equipment.

  • Waterskiing equipment

 a pair of water skis or slalom waterskis

  • Golf equipment

a golf bag containing clubs, balls and a pair of golf shoes.

  • Polo equipment

a set of polo mallets.

  • Diving equipment

mask, snorkel, fins, neoprene suit, GAV, regulator, an empty oxygen tank, a lamp (switched off, with the power packed separately, the batteries disconnected from the appliance and protected against shortcircuits). Any underwater speargun should have the spear section separated and if gas-powered should be unloaded. 

  • Fishing equipment

2 fishing rods, fishing reel, a small net, a pair of boots, a bait box or a haversack. 

  • 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, quiver, gloves and aiming equipment.

  • Kitesurfing

a sail, surfboard.

  • Hockey equipment
  • TCARE medical equipment
  • Hang-glider/paraglider

 

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LARGE SPORTS EQUIPMENT

The following items are considered to be large sports equipment:

  • Bicycle

- a normal bicycle (with no motor, not an e-bike), single seater, suitably secured with rigid packaging, with the handlebars fixed laterally, the pedals removed and the tyres completely deflated.

- para-bicycle.

  • Tandem

with no motor (not an e-bike), suitably secured with rigid packaging, with the handlebars disassembled or fixed laterally, the pedals removed and the tires completely deflated.

  • Surfboard

a shortboard type surfboard.

  • Windsurfs and longboards

a windsurfing board, a sail, a mast, a boom, a waterproof bag; a longboard-type board

  • Canoe/kayak

a canoe or kayak (with no motor), two paddles

  •  Vaulting pole/javelin

 

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF OUR EXCLUSIVE CLUBS?

Visit the dedicated page to find out about all the available benefits and discounts related to transporting your sports luggage.

USA, CANADA AND MEXICO

USA, CANADA and MEXICO have different rules on the transportation of sports equipment

For these destinations, sports equipment that fits into the baggage allowance is treated as normal registered baggage.

If the weight of the sports equipment is less than 23 kg, it fits into the baggage allowance and does not require an additional charge, whereas for equipment that weighs more than 23 kg, an excess baggage fee will apply.

 

TANDEM BICYCLES, SURFBOARDS AND WINDSURFING BOARDS

Placing tandem bikes, surfing and windsurfing equipment in the hold is never covered by the baggage allowance on your ticket and is subject to the necessary space being available. Please contact the Customer Center at least 48 hours prior to the departure of your flight. If your trip also involves other carriers, you need to receive prior confirmation of transportation from all carriers.

Please go to the check-in desk at least one hour prior to the time limit given for check-in for your flight.

 

This table displays the excess baggage fees valid for only surfing, windsurfing and tandem bikes. The fees displayed are for one-way flights. 

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