Everything you need to know about packing your bags: from hand baggage to checked baggage, special baggage to assistance in the event of a problem.



Please note that ITA Airways 's liability limits for delays, loss or damage to baggage, including special baggage, are governed by the Montreal Convention 1999 and the ITA Airways General Conditions of Carriage.

If you wish to extend these limits, find out more about how to make the VALUE DECLARATION, otherwise we suggest you to take out special insurance for your special baggage.


You are welcome to bring your sports equipment on our flights, but there are a few rules you need to know.

There will be an additional charge for any kind of sports equipment that you would like to bring on our flights.

There will be an excess baggage fee for any objects that exceed more than 23 kg in weight. Objects cannot exceed 300 cm in their dimensions (length + width + height).

Please always check that your sports equipment is properly and securely packaged: in a rigid container that cannot be bent out of shape.

Below you can find the detailed costs for bringing your sports equipment on board.


The following items are considered to be small sports equipment:

  • Ski and snow equipment

a pair of skis with bindings, snowshoes, snow boots and a helmet or snowboard, bindings and boots and helmet or a complete set of snow kite equipment.

  • Waterskiing equipment

 a pair of water skis or slalom waterskis

  • Golf equipment

a golf bag containing clubs, balls and a pair of golf shoes.

  • Polo equipment

a set of polo mallets.

  • Diving equipment

mask, snorkel, fins, neoprene suit, GAV, regulator, an empty oxygen tank, a lamp (switched off, with the power packed separately, the batteries disconnected from the appliance and protected against shortcircuits). Any underwater speargun should have the spear section separated and if gas-powered should be unloaded. 

  • Fishing equipment

2 fishing rods, fishing reel, a small net, a pair of boots, a bait box or a haversack. 

  • Fencing equipment

a bag containing a uniform, a cuirass, a mask, blades.

  • Tennis/squash/badminton equipment

a bag containing only a kit of rackets and balls.

  • Archery

a bag containing a bow, arrows, quiver, gloves and aiming equipment.

  • Kitesurfing

a sail, surfboard.

  • Hockey equipment
  • TCARE medical equipment
  • Hang-glider/paraglider


The following items are considered to be large sports equipment:

  • Bicycle

- a normal bicycle (with no motor, not an e-bike), single seater, suitably secured with rigid packaging, with the handlebars fixed laterally, the pedals removed and the tyres completely deflated.

- para-bicycle.

  • Tandem

with no motor (not an e-bike), suitably secured with rigid packaging, with the handlebars disassembled or fixed laterally, the pedals removed and the tires completely deflated.

  • Surfboard

a shortboard type surfboard.

  • Windsurfs and longboards

a windsurfing board, a sail, a mast, a boom, a waterproof bag; a longboard-type board

  • Canoe/kayak

a canoe or kayak (with no motor), two paddles

  •  Vaulting pole/javelin


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, can be carried on board by paying for a seat in the cabin (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 ITA Airways flights must arrive at check-in at least 60 minutes before it closes.



The fare applied to the extra seat on which the musical instrument is secured is equal to the amount of a ticket for an adult in Economy class. For booking and further information, please contact the Customer Center.


If you choose to request carriage in the hold, you must contact the Customer Center at least 48 hours before flight departure. Weight must not exceed 32 kg.*
Always make sure that the instrument is packed properly and securely:

  • Sturdy, rigid, non-deformable packaging with shock-absorbing material between the casing and the instrument.

Prior to departure, we recommend that you purchase specific insurance for your instrument.

ITA Airways' liability limits for lost or damaged baggage are based on the Montreal Convention 1999, unless a declaration of value is signed in advance of travel.

*Carriage of musical instruments in the hold is subject to normal fares for checked baggage.


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 ITA Airways by the British Authorities.

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.


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 23 kg of weapons and a maximum of 5 kg of ammunition.


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).


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. 
  • 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.


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 ITA Airways, or by a representative of ITA Airways, 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) and USD (from the USA).


A diplomatic bag is a sealed bag accompanied by a diplomatic courier who declares it as such during check-in.


All the necessary information on how to transport urns in the cabin on our flights.


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


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