We carry a range of sporting equipment, but there are some restrictions so please check before you travel.
We are happy to carry some sporting items, but most items of sporting equipment must be carried in your hold baggage e.g. racquets.
While there is no additional baggage allowance for sporting equipment, you can save money by paying for extra bags online before you fly.
Any bag that is heavier than the free weight allowance may incur an overweight baggage charge, payable at check-in.
We have partnerships with other airlines to offer you more destinations worldwide, so even if you've booked direct with British Airways, one or more of your flights may be operated by another airline.
To find out more about taking sports equipment on American Airlines, Iberia and Japan Airlines, please use the links on this left hand side of this page. If your flight is operated by another airline, please check the airline's website for more information.
If you've made a booking and are unsure which airline it is with, you can find out in 'Manage My Booking'.
Below, we have listed some sporting equipment that has specific packing instructions or restrictions on the dimensions and weight.
- Sporting equipment we do not carry as checked baggage
- Instructions for packing certain types of sporting equipment
Sporting equipment we do not carry as checked baggage
Because of the large size and the associated handling complexities, there is some equipment that we cannot accept as checked baggage. We do not accept the following:
windsurfing boards and sails
water skis that exceed the maximum dimensions*
surfboards that exceed the maximum dimensions*
kayaks and canoes
*Maximum dimensions: 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in)
Instructions for packing certain types of sporting equipment
We will accept non-motorised bicycles of all dimensions provided they are packed in a recognised bicycle bag.
Preparing bicycles for travel:
bicycle pedals must be removed (or fixed inwards)
handlebars must be fixed sideways
the bicycle must be contained in a protective case or bag
deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage.
We will accept the following diving equipment provided it is packed in a recognised kit bag and does not exceed the maximum dimensions and weight restrictions:
tank pressure gauge
buoyancy control device
Preparing diving equipment for travel:
Cylinders must be empty
Pressure-sensitive devices may need special packaging. Please refer to the manufacturer for advice.
Spear-guns must be unloaded with the spear packed separately.
We will accept golfing equipment as checked baggage providing it does not exceed the maximum dimensions and weight restrictions*.
- Golfing equipment will only be accepted if it is packed appropriately in a recognised bag or case to safeguard against damage.
- If the total number of checked bags is more than your free checked allowance, you will need to pay extra bag charges.
- A large golfing umbrella or parasol counts as one item of baggage.
*Maximum size: 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in).
Maximum weight: 23kg (51lb). Bags between 23-32kg (51-70lb) will be accepted but a heavy bag charge may apply.
For specific instructions about firearms and ammunition please follow the link.
We will accept skis and snowboards up to 1.90m in length provided they are packed correctly.
Preparing skis and snowboards for travel:
skis and snowboards must be packed in a recognised ski or snowboard bag
if you are travelling with skis and ski boots you should pack them in one of the following ways:
- pack your skis and ski boots separately*
- pack your ski boots within your checked baggage
* Each bag that exceeds your free checked baggage allowance will incur an extra bag fee.
- American Airlines and Iberia have different allowances for the carriage of ski boots. Please follow the links on this page to 'Information if you're travelling on American Airlines and Iberia' for more information about their allowances.
We will accept surfboards as long as they do not exceed the maximum dimensions and weight restrictions*. Surfboards will only be accepted if packed appropriately in a recognised bag or case to safeguard against damage.
*Maximum size: 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5 inches).
Maximum weight: 23kg (51lb). Bags between 23-32kg (51-70lb) will be accepted, but a heavy bag charge may apply. Please note the maximum size applies to the surfboard bag, and not the surfboard.
If you wish to carry more bags than your free allowance, save yourself time and money by paying for your extra bags using Manage My Booking on ba.com, either at the time of booking or any time before you check in for your flight.