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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 OF THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE TRANSPORTATION OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION, DIPLOMATIC BAGS AND URNS. CHECK WITH BAGGAGE ASSISTANCE.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Sports equipment weighing 23 kg or less is considered normal baggage and is included in the baggage allowance. Sports equipment exceeding 23 kg is subject to the normal excess baggage fee.

Surf and windsurf boards and tandem bikes are an exception to this rule.

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Sports equipment weighing 23 kg or less is considered normal baggage and is included in the baggage allowance. Fishing spearguns should have the shaft separated from the gun and must be packed in the checked baggage.

Sports equipment exceeding 23 kg is subject to the normal excess baggage fee.

This table lists the excess baggage fee* applicable only to surf and windsurf boards and tandem bikes on single flights.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR TANDEM BIKES, SURF AND WINDSURF BOARDS

Depending on the size of the aircraft, bikes, tandem bikes, surf and windsurf boards may not be accepted on board.
For the check-in and shipping of tandems bikes, surf boards and windsurf equipment you must:

  • Declare this item when you book your flight and, should you take a connecting flight on another carrier, get approval from this carrier; otherwise it will only be accepted on the Alitalia flight
  • Check in for your flight at least an hour before departure
  • Make sure the equipment is properly packaged in containers or wrapped to protect it during loading and unloading

For more information please contact Baggage Assistance.

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.

 

*The currency used for payment of the excess baggage charge is as follows: EUR (from Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan and China), CAD (from Canada) and USD (from the USA and the rest of the world)

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 in the cabin paying an additional fee (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