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Alaska Airlines will accept the following sporting equipment items as checked baggage provided each piece is properly packed in a soft or hard sided case designed specifically for the sporting equipment piece.
Individual Sporting Equipment Pieces
Each checked piece of sporting equipment listed below is subject to our standard checked baggage service charge, overweight (51-100 pounds) fee or oversize (62" - 115" linear inches: length + height + width) fee. Refer to our Checked Baggage page for checked piece, overweight and oversize charges.
- Boogie boards
- Kayaks accepted only on Alaska Airlines flights 001-999
- Glass kayaks are not accepted
Oversize Sporting Equipment Exceptions
Each checked piece of sporting equipment listed below may exceed our size allowance (not to exceed 115" linear inches: length + height + width) without incurring an oversize fee. Standard checked baggage service charge and overweight fee (51-100 pounds) apply for each piece checked. Refer to our Checked Baggage page for checked piece and overweight charges.
Multiple Sporting Piece Exceptions
The following sporting items allow for multiple pieces to be considered one checked piece. Unless otherwise noted, standard checked baggage charges, overweight fees (51-100 pounds) and oversize (62" - 115" linear inches: length + height + width) fees apply. Refer to our Checked Baggage page for checked piece, overweight and oversize charges.
One piece of ski/snowboard equipment is defined as 1 pair of skis with poles or 1 snowboard, plus 1 boot/helmet bag. If ski/snowboard equipment is checked in a bag that also contains clothing or additional items, standard checked baggage fees will apply to the bag. Ski/snowboard equipment may exceed 62 linear inches, but no more than 115 linear inches (length + height + width), without incurring an oversize fee.
One piece of fishing equipment is defined as two rods, two reels, and one tackle box. Fishing equipment may exceed 62 linear inches, but no more than 115 linear inches (length + height + width), without incurring an oversize fee.
One piece of Hockey/Lacrosse equipment consists of hockey/lacrosse sticks (multiple sticks must be taped/attached together) and one bag/box of miscellaneous hockey equipment (skates, pads, pucks, gloves, etc.). Hockey/Lacrosse equipment may exceed 62 linear inches, but no more than 115 linear inches (length + height + width), without incurring an oversize fee.
One piece of pole vaulting equipment is defined as one or two pole vaults with a maximum dimensions of 6" x 6" x 17'. Note: On Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 the maximum single dimension is 8 ft.
One piece of scuba equipment is defined as one scuba gear container and one tank. The scuba gear container is limited to one regulator, one tank harness, one pressure gauge, one mask, two fins, one snorkel, one knife, one spear gun and one safety vest. Scuba equipment may exceed 62 linear inches, but must be no more than 115 linear inches (length + height + width), without incurring an oversize fee. Note: Scuba tanks must have the regulator valve disconnected. The tank must have an open end for visual inspection.
One piece of windsurfing equipment is defined as one windsurfing board and one mast, boom and sail.
Additional Sporting Topics
Camping equipment and fuel containers that once contained liquid fuel (e.g. camping stoves, portable heaters, and flammable liquid lanterns) are allowed as long as the fuel system is completely dry with no fuel remaining in the tank, hoses, or parts and no remaining fuel odor is evident. Any type of fuel is forbidden from transport in checked baggage. Fuel can be shipped as regulated dangerous goods through the cargo facility.
Self-heating meals (e.g. MREs, flameless ration meals) are not permitted as carry-on or checked baggage due to the risk of unintentional activation of the heating source. Customers may transport these via air cargo only. Propane and empty propane tanks may only be shipped on all-cargo aircraft. No matches or lighters are permitted in checked luggage.
Firearms & Shooting Equipment
For more details on firearm and shooting equipment restrictions, view our Transporting Firearms page.