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Musical Instruments & Other Special Items

Whether you're toting a trumpet, a tripod or a tuna, we want to make getting them from Point A to Point B, well, E-Z.

Know Before You Go

  • Items exceeding 100 pounds will not be accepted as checked bags. You may be able to purchase a seat for large musical instruments that weigh up to 165 pounds.
  • Damage to musical instruments will only be covered if the item is checked inside a hard-sided case designed to protect its contents, and only if permitted items are in the case. Any item checked inside a soft-sided container will be accepted, but not covered by liability. Find out more about JetBlue's bag liability. 
  • Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the security checkpoint at TSA's discretion. The final decision rests with TSA on whether an item is permitted through the checkpoint.

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Musical Instruments on JetBlue

Whether you're traveling for a gig or a getaway, JetBlue wants your trip to start - and end - on a high note. Here's what you need to know about bringing your gear.

Media Bags

Camera, film, video production, lighting and sound equipment that’s traveling with a customer representing a local or national television network, broadcasting or commercial film-making company may be accepted on a space-available basis. Qualified members of the media traveling with excess bags may be considered for a media bag rate if coordinated in advance on JetBlue-operated flights.

Tripods & Selfie Sticks

Tripods, selfie sticks and other telescopic devices that do not fit in a carry-on or checked bag can count as a personal item, as long as it meets carry--on size requirements.

Traveling With a Firearm

No person may carry a weapon (concealed or unconcealed) while on board a JetBlue aircraft, except for state, municipal, or county law enforcement officers on duty status, or a federal law enforcement officer traveling on or off duty. Firearms, shooting equipment and related items will be accepted only as checked bags and are subject to specific conditions outlined below.  

Laws regarding the carrying of firearms vary by local, state (including U.S. territories), and international governments. It is the responsibility of the customer carrying a firearm to know and adhere to all local requirements.  

For international travel, please check with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, foreign embassies and consulates in the United States for your destination country before you travel. Certain restrictions apply for each country.  

Frozen Fish, Shellfish & Other Meats

All meat, including live shellfish, is accepted as checked or carry-on bags on domestic flights as long as the requirements below are met. Meat, fish, live shellfish, and seafood are not accepted on international flights.

All meats must be packaged in a leak-proof container 
  • Containers using ice packs must be sealed and leak proof, with the contents clearly marked 
  • For packages containing dry ice, 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) is the maximum amount allowed 
    • The container must be ventilated to allow the release of carbon dioxide 
    • It must be marked with specific contents 
    • It must be marked with the words “dry ice” or “carbon dioxide solid” together with the net weight of the dry ice 
    • It must be checked as a bag 

Styrofoam coolers are not suitable for transport and will not be accepted. JetBlue is not liable for damage, loss or spoilage and additional insurance is not available. Packaged meats are accepted as checked bags at the customer’s risk. 

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