Airport check-in area

Airport check-in area

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has special procedures for travelers who intend to move sporting equipment. These regulations safeguard passengers’ and aircraft’s safety and security.

Golf Clubs

Although almost every airline treats golf clubs as standard luggage, TSA generally permits golf bags as checked luggage but not as carry-on. They can be packed in a soft-sided or hard-sided case. However, TSA recommends using a hard-sided case for added protection.

Golf equipment
Golf equipment

A. Checking as Baggage

  1. Golf clubs should be checked as baggage rather than carried onto the airplane.
  2. Verify the airline’s specific policies and any associated fees for checking golf clubs.

B. Packing Requirements

  1. Place your golf clubs in a hard-sided container or a golf travel bag designed to protect them.
  2. Ensure the golf bag provides adequate padding and support for the clubs.
  3. Consider using a club head cover or wrapping the club heads with towels or protective materials to prevent damage.

C. Club Quantity Limitations

  1. Check the airline’s guidelines regarding the number of golf clubs allowed per bag.
  2. Be aware that oversized or excessive club quantities may incur additional fees or require special arrangements.

D. Additional Items in Golf Bag

  1. Remove any non-essential items from the golf bag unrelated to golfing, as they may be subject to additional scrutiny or restrictions.

E. Security Screening Process

  1. Ensure that your golf bag and clubs are easily accessible for inspection during the security screening process.
  2. Follow the instructions provided by the TSA officers during the inspection.
  3. Be prepared for potential X-ray or physical inspection of your golf bag.

F. Club Protection

  1. Securely fasten or lock your golf bag to prevent unauthorized access.
  2. Consider using a bag cover or wrap to protect the golf bag from dirt, scratches, or other external elements.

G. Compliance with Airline and TSA Regulations

  1. Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of the airline you are flying with regarding golf club transportation.
  2. Comply with all TSA regulations regarding prohibited items or restricted items in your golf bag.

H. International Travel Considerations

  1. Check with the destination country’s customs and transportation regulations for any specific requirements or restrictions on golf club transportation.
  2. Ensure compliance with international customs regulations related to the importation of sporting equipment.

I. Additional Tips

  1. Take photographs or note your golf clubs’ serial numbers and unique features in case of loss or theft.
  2. Consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any potential damage, loss, or theft of your golf clubs during travel.

Bicycles

Bicycles can be transported as checked baggage and must be properly packed in a bike box or a hard-sided case. It’s important to remove the pedals or secure them inwards, deflate the tires partially, and disassemble any protruding parts to prevent damage.

A. Checking as Baggage

  1. Bicycles should be checked as baggage rather than carried onto the airplane.
  2. Check with the airline regarding their specific policies, fees, and requirements for checking bicycles.

B. Packing Requirements

  1. Disassemble the bicycle as much as possible for easier packing and to meet airline size restrictions.
  2. Remove pedals, front wheel, and any other detachable parts.
  3. Use a sturdy and protective bicycle travel case or box for packing.
  4. Ensure proper padding and securing of the bicycle within the case or box to prevent damage.

C. Bicycle Size and Weight Limitations

  1. Check the airline’s guidelines regarding the maximum dimensions and weight of the packed bicycle.
  2. Be aware that oversized or excessively heavy bicycles may require special arrangements or incur additional fees.

D. Tire Pressure and Drained Fluids

  1. Deflate the tires to an appropriate pressure to accommodate changes in cabin pressure during the flight.
  2. Drain any fluids, such as hydraulic brake fluid or suspension oil, to comply with airline regulations and prevent leaks.

E. Bicycle Tools and Accessories

  1. Remove any tools, accessories, or loose items from the bicycle and pack them separately.
  2. Securely store small parts and accessories in sealed bags within the bicycle case or box.

F. Security Screening Process

  1. Ensure that your bicycle case or box is easily accessible for inspection during the security screening process.
  2. Follow the instructions provided by the TSA officers during the inspection.
  3. Be prepared for potential X-ray or physical inspection of the bicycle case or box.

G. Compliance with Airline and TSA Regulations

  1. Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of the airline you are flying with regarding bicycle transportation.
  2. Comply with all TSA regulations regarding prohibited or restricted items related to bicycles.

H. International Travel Considerations

  1. Check with the destination country’s customs and transportation regulations for any specific requirements or restrictions on bicycle transportation.
  2. Ensure compliance with international customs regulations related to the importation of sporting equipment.

I. Additional Tips

  1. Take photographs or make a note of the bicycle’s serial number and unique features in case of loss or theft.
  2. Consider purchasing travel insurance to provide coverage for any potential damage, loss, or theft of your bicycle during travel.
Airport check-in area
Airport check-in area

Skis and Snowboards

Skis and snowboards can be transported as checked baggage or carried on. They must be securely fastened together as a single unit and placed in a suitable bag or case when carrying them on. If checked, they can be packed in a soft-sided or hard-sided case.

A. Checking as Baggage

  1. Ski and snowboard equipment should be checked as baggage rather than carried onto the cabin.
  2. Check with the airline regarding their specific policies, fees, and requirements for checking ski and snowboard equipment.

B. Packing Requirements

  1. Use a padded, hard-sided case specifically designed for ski or snowboard transportation.
  2. Remove any loose or detachable parts, such as bindings, and pack them securely.
  3. Wrap the ski or snowboard with padding or bubble wrap to prevent damage.

C. Size and Weight Limitations

  1. Check the airline’s guidelines regarding the maximum dimensions and weight of the packed ski or snowboard equipment.
  2. Be aware that oversized or excessively heavy equipment may require special arrangements or incur additional fees.

D. Additional Equipment

  1. Include ski poles, boots, helmets, and other related equipment in the same case or pack them separately as needed.
  2. Securely pack additional equipment to prevent movement and potential damage.

E. Security Screening Process

  1. Inform the TSA officer that you are traveling with ski or snowboard equipment during the security screening process.
  2. Follow the instructions the TSA officer provided regarding the equipment inspection.
  3. Be prepared for potential X-ray or physical ski or snowboard equipment inspection.

F. Compliance with Airline and TSA Regulations

  1. Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of the airline you are flying with regarding ski and snowboard transportation.
  2. Comply with all TSA regulations regarding prohibited or restricted ski and snowboard equipment items.

G. International Travel Considerations

  1. Check with the destination country’s customs and transportation regulations for any specific requirements or restrictions on ski and snowboard transportation.
  2. Ensure compliance with international customs regulations related to the importation of sporting equipment.

Hockey Equipment

Hockey equipment, including sticks, skates, and pads, can be transported as both checked baggage and carry-on. However, studying them as luggage is recommended due to the size and potentially sharp edges. Ensure that all sharp items, such as skate blades, are adequately covered or secured to prevent injury to baggage handlers.

A. Packing Requirements

  1. Use a durable hockey equipment bag or a hockey-specific travel bag to pack your gear.
  2. Clean and dry your equipment before packing to prevent odors and bacteria growth.
  3. Place heavier items at the bottom of the bag and arrange equipment strategically to optimize space.

B. Stick Transportation

  1. Hockey sticks can be packed inside or strapped to the outside of your equipment bag.
  2. Ensure sticks are properly secured to prevent damage to other items or the sticks themselves.
  3. Use stick blade covers or wrap the blade with cloth or bubble wrap for added protection.

C. Security Screening Process

  1. Inform the TSA officer that you are traveling with hockey equipment during the security screening.
  2. Follow the instructions the TSA officer provided regarding the equipment inspection.
  3. Be prepared for potential X-ray or physical inspection of the hockey gear.

D. Compliance with Airline and TSA Regulations

  1. Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of the airline you are flying with regarding hockey equipment transportation.
  2. Comply with all TSA regulations regarding prohibited or restricted items related to hockey gear, such as skate blades or sharp objects.

E. International Travel Considerations

  1. Check the regulations of the destination country regarding the importation of hockey equipment.
  2. Contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country to obtain information on their specific requirements for hockey gear transportation.

F. Additional Tips

  1. Place items such as helmets, gloves, and other smaller equipment inside your hockey bag to minimize the risk of them being misplaced.
  2. Use protective covers or bags for individual items to prevent damage and keep your gear organized.

Fishing Equipment

Fishing rods can be transported as both checked baggage and carry-on. If you carry them on, they must fit within the size restrictions for carry-on items. If checked, they should be packed in a hard-sided case to protect them from damage.

A. Packing Requirements

  1. Fishing rods should be packed in a hard-sided container, such as a rod case or tube, to protect them during transportation.
  2. Securely fasten the fishing rod inside the container to prevent movement and potential damage.
  3. Consider using rod socks or protective covers to safeguard the rods further.

B. Tackle Storage

  1. Pack fishing tackle in a soft or hard-sided tackle box, such as hooks, lines, lures, and other accessories.
  2. Organize and secure the tackle to prevent spillage and entanglement.

C. Check Airline Regulations

  1. Check with the airline regarding their specific policies, fees, and size restrictions for carrying fishing equipment.
  2. Be aware of any limitations on the number of rods or tackle allowed per passenger.

D. Security Screening Process

  1. Inform the TSA officer that you are traveling with fishing equipment during the security screening process.
  2. Follow the instructions the TSA officer provided regarding the fishing equipment inspection.
  3. Prepare for potential X-ray or physical inspection of the fishing rods and tackle.

E. Prohibited Items

  1. Ensure prohibited items, such as sharp tools or oversized fishing knives, are not included in your carry-on luggage or fishing equipment.
  2. Verify the TSA’s guidelines on prohibited items to avoid any issues during security screening.

F. Compliance with Fishing Regulations

  1. Familiarize yourself with any fishing regulations at your destination, such as fishing licenses or restrictions on certain types of tackle.
  2. If required, adhere to all local fishing regulations and obtain the necessary permits or licenses.

G. International Travel Considerations

  1. Check the regulations of the destination country regarding the importation of fishing equipment.
  2. Contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country to obtain information on their specific requirements for fishing equipment transportation.

H. Additional Tips

  1. Use protective padding or bubble wrap to safeguard fragile or delicate parts of fishing equipment.
  2. Consider labeling or tagging your fishing equipment with your contact information in case of loss or misplacement.

Firearms and Ammunition

Transporting firearms and ammunition requires strict adherence to TSA guidelines. Firearms must be unloaded and packed in a locked hard-sided case. Ammunition must be declared and packed separately in its original packaging or a suitable container.

A. Declaration and Storage Requirements

  1. Declare the firearm(s) to the airline during check-in.
  2. Follow the airline’s specific procedures for declaring firearms.
  3. Complete any necessary forms or documentation required by the airline.
  4. Firearm(s) must be packed in a locked, hard-sided container.
  5. Use a container specifically designed for firearm transportation.

B. Separation of Ammunition

  1. Ammunition must be packed separately from the firearm(s).
  2. Ammunition must be in a secure container, such as a hard-sided case or box.
  3. Check the airline’s guidelines for the maximum quantity of ammunition allowed.

C. Security Screening Process

  1. Inform the TSA officer that you are traveling with a firearm during the security screening.
  2. Follow the instructions given by the TSA officer regarding the firearm inspection.
  3. Be prepared for additional screening, including X-ray or physical inspection of the firearm and ammunition.
  4. Cooperate with the TSA officers throughout the inspection process.

D. Compliance with Federal Regulations

  1. Ensure that you are in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws regarding firearms transportation.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the specific regulations of your destination regarding firearms possession and transportation.
  3. Research any additional permits or documentation required by your destination.

E. International Travel Considerations

  1. Check the regulations of the destination country regarding firearms importation.
  2. Contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country to obtain information on their specific requirements.
  3. Comply with all international laws and regulations related to firearms transportation.

Bows and Arrows

Bows and arrows must be packed in a hard-sided container and checked as baggage. Arrows must have their tips removed and be securely wrapped.

A. Packing Requirements

  1. Bows should be packed in a hard-sided container specifically designed for bow transportation.
  2. Arrows must be securely packed to prevent movement and potential damage.
  3. Consider using an arrow tube or quiver to store and protect the arrows.

B. Arrow Tip Removal and Secure Wrapping

  1. Remove the tips of the arrows before packing.
  2. Securely wrap or cover the tips with protective caps to prevent injury or damage.

C. Declaration and Communication

  1. Declare your bow and arrows to the airline during check-in.
  2. Follow the airline’s specific procedures for declaring bows and arrows.
  3. Please communicate with the airline staff to ensure they are aware of the sporting equipment you are carrying.

D. Security Screening Process

  1. Inform the TSA officer that you are traveling with a bow and arrows during the security screening.
  2. Follow the instructions provided by the TSA officer regarding the inspection of your equipment.
  3. Be prepared for additional screening, including X-ray or physical inspection of the bow and arrows.

E. Compliance with Federal and Local Regulations

  1. Ensure that you comply with all federal, state, and local laws regarding the transportation of bows and arrows.
  2. Familiarize yourself with any specific regulations of your destination regarding the possession and transportation of archery equipment.

F. Secure Handling and Storage

  1. Handle your bow and arrows with care to prevent damage to the equipment and ensure the safety of others.
  2. Store your bow and arrows securely during the flight to avoid any potential accidents or damage.

G. International Travel Considerations

  1. Check the destination country’s regulations regarding the importation of bows and arrows.
  2. Contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country to obtain information on their specific requirements for archery equipment transportation.

Scuba Diving Equipment

Scuba diving tanks must be empty and the valve must be open. Other diving equipment can be packed in a soft or hard-sided case.

Sports Goods Carry-On Checked
Baseball Bats Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Bows and Arrows Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Cricket Bats Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Golf Clubs Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Hockey Sticks Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Lacrosse Sticks Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Pool Cues Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Skates
Including ice skates and rollerblades.
Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Ski Poles Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Spear Guns Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.