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British Airways baggage policy changes

3 August 2009 | 7:21 pm

From 7 October 2009, British Airways will change their baggage policy.

When you fly with BA you can take certain types of sporting equipment in addition to your normal checked baggage allowance. If your equipment bags meet the dimensions and weight restrictions, they may be carried free of charge until 7 October 2009.

Good news is that kitesurfing gear and smaller surf boards now ok. However if you are traveling economy then its £28-£40 per sector if you carry more than one bag in the hold, depending on how you pay and whether its international or not.

Baggage restrictions

In addition to your free checked baggage allowance, you are allowed to take one of the stated pieces of sporting equipment with you free of charge, provided it meets the following restrictions:

* Each bag must be no more than 240cm x 75cm x 65cm (94.5ins x 29.5ins x 25.5ins) including the handle, pockets and wheels. Sporting equipment listed below is exempt from the oversized bag charge.
* Each bag must not exceed 23kg (51lbs).
* Any bag that is more than 23kg (51lbs) and less than 32kg (70lbs) is subject to a charge at check-in.
* If you have more bags to check in over your free allowance (including your one piece of equipment), these will be subject to an additional fee per bag.

Sporting equipment we carry

* Angling
* Archery
* Cricket
* Cycling
* Diving
* Field hockey
* Golf
* Ice hockey
* Lacrosse
* Shooting
* Skiing & snowboarding
* Ten-pin bowling
* Tennis

Only one travel case of equipment is permitted at no extra cost except where we state otherwise in the relevant section below.

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. Therefore, we do not accept the following equipment:

* hang-gliders
* windsurfing boards and sails
* water skis that exceed the maximum dimensions
* surfboards
* kayaks, canoes and oars
* pole vaults
* javelins

To know more visit British Airways

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