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Sports Gear

From the links of Florida and the lefts of Costa Rica, to the reefs of the Caribbean and the runs of Steamboat Springs, JetBlue’s destinations include some of the world’s favorite places to play (and compete). Get going, and get the details on getting your gear there, too. 

Traveling with Sports Equipment

Know Before You Go

  • Damage to checked sports equipment 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.
  • Items exceeding 100 pounds will not be accepted.
  • Customers may check multiple pieces of gear in the same bag (like a bowling ball bag with three compartments or a bag made to contain three sets of skis), as long as the bag is specifically designed to contain these items.
  • Some international destinations limit whether sports equipment can be taken as a checked bag or carry-on, or even brought into that country. You’ll find some of the rules below, but please check with your destination, as well. Customers are responsible for understanding each country’s requirements.

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.

Prohibited Sports Equipment

The following items are not permitted on any JetBlue flight:

  • Antlers/horns
  • Balance gliders
  • Gas-powered scooters & scooters with spillable batteries
  • Hoverboards
  • Electric skateboards with lithium batteries
  • Kayaks
  • Scuba tanks with compressed gas cylinders
  • Stand-up paddle boards & paddles

Large Sports Gear With a Handling Fee

Big activities on the itinerary? Bikes, surfboards, and kiteboarding and windsurfing equipment will be accepted on domestic and international flights and count as a checked bag. They’re subject to a per-item fee of $100 each way, in addition to any checked bag fee associated with the fare purchased.

Overweight fees will not be assessed, however any item weighing more than 100 pounds will not be accepted. These items may added during check-in (starting 24 hours prior to departure) or once you arrive at the airport. Please see below for full details, including how to pack your gear and which destinations restrict these items.

Large Sports Gear Without a Handling Fee

Hitting the slopes, the links, or the lakes? You can add a golf bag, fishing rods, snow or water skis, snowboard or wakeboard as a checked bag during booking, when you arrive at the airport, or anytime in between. These items are exempt from the standard size requirements, so you won’t have to pay an oversized bag fee—just any checked bag fee associated with the fare purchased (and an overweight fee if it exceeds the weight limit at the airport). Read on for more info and a few important exclusions.

Other Sports and Recreation Gear

Whether you’re traveling to compete, or just want to pursue your favorite pastime or sport on your next trip, you’ll find a list of some common activities and equipment below.

While these can be brought on board as or in a checked bag (depending on destination), they’re subject to the checked bag fees associated with the fare purchased, as well overweight or oversized fees if they exceed the requirements. Some (hint: not the skis!) can also be brought as a carry-on. Read on for how to pack them, which destinations restrict them and other important details.

  1. Ski or snowboard boots, if packed separately from other equipment, must be in a snow boot bag to be considered part of the one item.

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