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Special Baggage

Policies on travelling with musical instruments and sporting equipment

Musical Instruments Policy


In normal circumstances your instrument will fit either in your cabin baggage if it is a smaller item or in your check-in baggage if it is larger.

Cabin Baggage


If your instrument fits inside your cabin baggage you can take it on board.

Check-In baggage


For larger items these will have to travel in the hold and this can be down through manage my booking for a fee. Your instrument should be in a rigid case to protect it from damage. If you exceed your baggage weight allowance of 25 kg, you’ll need to pay the excess baggage fee.


Larger or highly valuable instruments (e.g. guitars, double basses, large horns etc.) that you do not wish to have as check-in baggage may be carried in the cabin but an extra seat will need to be booked for them. When making your booking for your instrument you should enter ‘Musical’ as the first name and ‘Instrument’ as the last name. (You may choose the title Mr. Mrs. Ms. as per your own preference). If you have already booked your seat and need to add a musical instrument you can do so at a later date but this will be subject to availability. Instruments that travel in a seat you have purchased for them will only be accepted under the following conditions: must be in a case, with a handle which is capable of being used to pass the seat belt through, so that they can be safely secured to the seat, they must not exceed the maximum allowed weight of 50kg (instrument and case combined), they must fit within the minimum seat width of 43cm, must not protrude more than 30cm above the top of the seat back. The seat height is 68cm from the seat cushion, and 114cm from the floor. For safety reasons and for the convenience of other passengers instruments can only be placed in window seats and cannot be booked in restricted seats or seats in the rows next to restricted seats.

 

Sport Equipment Policy

At flypop, we welcome all you sporting enthusiasts whatever the weird, wild and whacky sport it is that hits your adrenaline button. The size of your equipment will regulate where it can and cannot be stored whether as cabin baggage, check-in baggage or as cargo.

Please see below:

  • If it fits in your Cabin Baggage, and it’s allowed in the cabin, it’s free. 
  • If it fits in your Check-in Baggage and it’s not restricted, no extra charge is applied.
  • If you’ve already used your check-in baggage allowance, you may have to pay to put extra bags in the hold.
  • If it is does not fit in your check-in baggage it will be counted as a separate check-in item. 

Cyclists

You can take non-motorised pedal bicycles in a bike cover/box if it fits into your check-in baggage. There’s limited hold space on aircrafts so, by telling us in advance, your bike is more likely to travel on your flight with you.  Clothes and other personal items must not be packed in your bike bag/box.

Your bike can be in a heavy-duty polythene bike bag, padded case or hard shell up to 190 x 95 x 65cm (75 x 37.5 x 25.5in). 

If it’s a non-rigid bag, please make sure the handlebars are fixed sideways and the pedals removed or fixed inwards. It’s also best to reduce tyre pressures.

Scuba divers

You can take most items as part of your checked baggage allowance if it’s packed in a recognised kit bag and doesn’t exceed the size and weight restrictions. We accept the following items: scuba regulators, tank harnesses, tank pressure gauges (pressure-sensitive devices may need special packaging please refer to the manufacturer for advice), face masks, fins, buoyancy control devices, snorkels, weight belts, cylinder tanks (must be empty and presented at check-in for inspection), spear guns, harpoons (must be packed separately) and diving lamps. Please remove the bulb or fuse and pack it separately from the power source).

Golfers

Golf equipment packed in a protective bag or case will count as an item of your your Check-In Baggage. Clothes and other personal items must not be packed in your golf bag with your clubs. To protect your valuable club please make sure you have a ‘head cover’ on your bag covering all of your clubs.

If you carry your golf umbrella or parasol separately, it will count as an extra item of checked baggage and you may have to pay if you are over your free baggage allowance. We suggest that for protection you place the umbrella inside the bag with your clubs.

Skiers and snow boarders

You can take skiing or snowboarding equipment as part of your check-in baggage so long as the bag is within the maximum bag dimensions.

Skis and snowboards and boots must be packed in a protective bag and can be in the same bag as clothes. 

If you pack your boots separately from your skis or snowboard, your boot bag can be carried as hand baggage if it's within the correct dimensions. If it doesn't, it will be counted as an extra checked bag.

You cannot board the aircraft wearing ski boots for obvious safety reasons!

Surfers and rowers

Short surfboards and small kayaks and canoes with paddles or even rowers with oars need to packed in a protective bag but they can be part of your check-in baggage as long as the packed bag is under 190cm in length. Clothes and other personal items must not be packed in with your equipment.

Larger surfboards, kayaks, canoes and paddles/oars need to be booked in as cargo.

Racket sports

Items such as tennis or squash rackets go into the hold as part of your check-in baggage, as they are not permitted as cabin baggage. It’s best to pack them in a protective bag or case.  

Other

Collapsed fishing rods, billiard/snooker/pool cues, hockey sticks, cricket bats, baseball and softball bats are not allowed as part of your hand baggage as they are generally over the 56cm length limit of cabin baggage and they are not permitted through many airport security points across our network. They can be part of your check-in baggage or packed separately in which they count as an extra item and are subject to a charge for each item.