Exceptional items at a glance
Items carried without charge
- Pushchairs, prams, travel cots and car seats
- Wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, suit or kilt in a carrier
- Wedding cakes
- Mobility equipment
Items carried for a fee
- Golfing equipment
- Windboards & Surfboards
- Scuba equipment
- Fishing equipment
- Archery equipment
- Snooker cues
- Fencing equipment
- Paragliding equipment
- Musical instruments
Items carried free of charge
Pushchairs, prams, travel cots and car seats
We appreciate your needs when travelling with young children and to make your journey as stress-free as possible, we allow the carriage of pushchairs, prams, travelcots and car seat free of charge.
Depending on your requirements, you can either check in your pushchair or pram to be put in the hold free of charge or you can retain it until you board the aircraft. In either instance, these will need to be foldable and you will need to present your pushchair or pram at check-in for this to be either put in the hold or tagged to ensure that it can be carried through security.
Should you opt for the latter, you can use your pushchair or pram up to the point of boarding and you will be required to take this to the bottom of the steps of the aircraft where a member of staff will place it in the hold for you.
On arrival at your destination, your pushchair or pram will be offloaded from the aircraft and be made available at the bottom of the stairs for your convenience, to enable you to transport your child through baggage reclaim and into arrivals.
Travelcots and car seats will be carried in the hold free of charge, so please ensure to take these to check-in to be tagged and put in the hold.
Passengers travelling with infants or children may carry two pieces of equipment comprising of one pushchair or pram and 1 car seat for each child or infant. There is no charge for the carriage of pushchairs or car seats, providing that they do not exceed 23 kilos.
Please note that if no child or infant is travelling with these items, standard hold luggage charges will apply as a these are offered free of charge only if for the use of the child or infant travelling.
Wedding dress, bridesmaid dress, suit or kilt in a carrier
Wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, suits and kilts can be carried as hand luggage providing they meet the cabin baggage size and weight restrictions.
Please note this will be classed as your one piece of cabin baggage. Alternatively, these items can be checked into the hold as part of your standard baggage allowance; kindly ensure that it is sufficiently packed to protect against any damage and that you hold the appropriate travel insurance. It may be acceptable to take the item to the gate where the item will be taken by a member of ground staff to load into the aircraft hold – subject to local airport procedures.
Kilts/kilt sets: Please be aware that the kilt pin and sgian gubh, (the decorative knife which goes into the sock ), must be checked into the hold.”
Wedding cakes may be carried onboard the aircraft and separate tiers can be placed under separate seats depending on how many passengers are travelling in the party. If you wish to take the cake on an international flight, you are required to contact Defra on: 00 44 0 20 7238 6951.
Items carried for a fee
An exceptional item charge applies to the following pieces of sporting equipment: golf clubs, skis, snowboards, surf boards, windsurfs, bicycles, fishing equipment, scuba diving and archery equipment. These items can be carried in addition to your existing hold luggage allowance. There are limits to the number of exceptional items that can be carried on each flight and there may be restrictions on what the sporting equipment consists of. Please note that only golf bags, skis and snowboards may be pre-booked online, in addition scuba equipment can be pre-booked, subject to space availability, through our Customer Call Centre. Any other exceptional items can only be carried on a standby basis subject to space availability.
All other sporting equipment is considered to be normal hold luggage and is therefore carried as part of your hold luggage allowance.
Sporting and musical equipment incur a fee and their weight allowance is up to 23 kilos; should the weight of any item exceed this allowance, standard excess baggage charges will also apply. Exceptional items may be carried at a standard fee per exceptional item per sector.
We wish you to enjoy your time on the green with your own golf clubs, therefore, space permitting, you may pre-book the carriage of your golf clubs online.
Please note: for bookings or purchases of hold baggage made after March 12th 2019 golf clubs may not be carried as a standard item of hold luggage.
All sporting equipment is carried subject to there being sufficient space in the aircraft hold. There is a limit on the amount of Golf equipment that can be carried, this is dependent upon the operating aircraft:
Only one golf bag per person can be carried. Hooded golf bags may contain a maximum of:
- 1 pair of golf shoes
- Max. 14 golf clubs
- Max. 12 golf balls
In the event that our golf club numbers have already been reached on your flights then you can cancel your booking with no penalty within 24 hours of the booking being made, alternatively your golf clubs will be accepted on a stand by basis only and no pre-booking is required
Please note if you prebook golf clubs but subsequently choose not to carry them no refund will be offered.
To get you off to the slopes, we offer the carriage of skis and snowboards on board Flybe operated aircraft.
Skis and snowboards may be pre-booked online, or through the Customer Contact Centre. There is a limit on the amount of skis and snowboards that can be carried, this is dependent upon the operating aircraft:
Ski or Snowboard Sets
A ski set or snowboard set is defined as:
- 1 x pair of skis/1 x snowboard
- Ski poles
- Ski/snowboard boots
Please note: Combi-bags (bags containing mix of skis/snowboards and other luggage items) are carried on a standby-only basis and cannot be pre-booked onto your flight.
In the unlikely event that our ski and snowboard numbers have already been reached on your flights then you can cancel your booking with no penalty within 24 hours of the booking being made. In the event that our pre-booked ski and snowboard numbers have already been reached then your skis will be accepted on a stand by basis only and no pre-booking is required.
Skis and snowboards can be carried as exceptional items of baggage which are accepted in addition to your hold luggage allowance at a fee. Please note if you pre-book skis and snowboards but subsequently choose not to carry them no refund will be offered.
Maximum length of skis for each aircraft type
There are restrictions on the length of skis and snowboards permitted: -
Max Length 8.2ft / 2.5metres
Max Length 5ft 6in / 1.67metres
Any skis/snowboards over these lengths will only be accepted on a space available basis.
We accept the carriage of bicycles on a stand-by basis only, therefore carriage will only take place if there is sufficient space available in the hold and is subject to a fee. To ensure the safe carriage of your bicycle, we require that your bicycle be prepared as follows:
- Handlebars must be turned and locked in line with the frame.
- Pedals must be removed or turned inwards.
- The front wheel must be removed and securely attached to the frame.
- The tyres must be fully deflated.
- The bicycle must be bagged or boxed, wherever possible
- If you are planning to take an electric bike, please contact our Cargo agent ‘Air Logistics Ltd’ for guidance on Tel: 01332 819204 or [email protected] If approved, the bike will need to be packed, labelled, marked, documented and consigned as dangerous goods.
Carriage of water skis, windsurfing, and surf equipment
Carriage of water skis, windsurfing equipment, surfboards and/or wakeboards is on a stand-by basis. On flights operated by Stobart Air, canoes, kayaks and jet skis may not be carried. Flybe are able to accept water skis, boards and sails up to the following dimensions:
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Flybe accept the carriage of scuba diving equipment on Flybe operated services, as well as our franchise partners Eastern Airways, Stobart Air and Blue Islands. Scuba equipment may be pre-booked within 24 hours of making your flight booking through the Customer Call Centre, however due restrictions within the aircraft hold there is a limit to the number of scuba diving sets which can be carried per flight:
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In the unlikely event that our scuba diving equipment quotas have already been reached on your flights then you can cancel your booking with no penalty within 24 hours of the booking being made. In the event that our pre-booked scuba equipment quotas numbers have already been reached it may still be accepted on a stand by basis only and no pre-booking is required.
Scuba equipment may be carried as exceptional items of baggage which are accepted in addition to your hold luggage allowance at a fee. Please note if you pre-book scuba equipment but subsequently choose not to carry it no refund will be offered.
Carriage will only take place if there is sufficient space within the hold of the operating aircraft and is subject to a fee. The following restrictions on the carriage of scuba diving equipment apply:
- One empty scuba diving tank.
- One air supply regulator and pressure gauge.
- One air tank harness.
- One face mask / pair of diving fins and snorkel.
On flights operated by Stobart Air, should knives be carried, these must not exceed 6cm in length and compressed gas tanks and carbon dioxide cylinders may not be carried.
Flybe require the air tanks to be empty, with the gauge reading zero as they contain compressed air which is unacceptable for carriage in accordance with IATA restricted articles regulations.
Flybe accept the carriage of fishing equipment on a stand-by basis. Carriage will only take place if there is sufficient space available in the hold of the operating aircraft. Please note that fishing equipment on flights operated by Stobart Air must not exceed 206cm. Restrictions apply as follows:
- One tackle box / haversack / anglers basket
- One fishing rod bagged or boxed
All tackle boxes and rod bags will be carried in the hold of the aircraft and under no circumstance may live maggots or any other form of live bait be accepted. Please click here for full details of sporting items charges.
Flybe allows archery equipment to be carried in the hold, with the exception of flights operated by Stobart Air*, bows and arrows must be suitably packed to prevent damage to the items themselves and to other passengers’ hold luggage. Archery bows weighing up to 23 kilos can be carried at the standard rate for exceptional items on a standby basis only. Standard sporting equipment charges apply; please view full details here. If the equipment exceeds 23 kilos excess charges per kilo will be charged. Suitable insurance is recommended.
Archery equipment may consist of:
- a bow
- shooting glove
- bow stringer
- arm guard
Archery equipment is required to be carried in a suitable case which cannot be penetrated by any sharp objects contained within.
* Arrows are not permitted for carriage on Flybe flights operated by Stobart Air. Bows may be carried.
Flybe accepts the carriage of snooker cues on a confirmed basis at standard sporting items charges. If the cue can be unscrewed to half its size, it will then be treated as part of standard hold luggage allowance and relevant charges will apply.
Fencing equipment can be accepted for carriage in the aircraft hold subject to space availabilty. Please note that the carriage of fencing equipment is not permitted on any flights operated by Stobart Air. Fencing equipment must be carried in a rigid lockable container and declared at check in.
Fencing equipment may be carried as an exceptional item of hold luggage.
Flybe accept the carriage of paragliding equipment on a confirmed basis up to the following limits:
- Embraer E195/E175 – 15 sets allowed per flight
- Bombardier Q400 – 5 sets allowed per flight
Please note that the carriage of paragliding equipment (hang gliders, parachutes, parasail) is not permitted on any flights operated by Stobart Air.
Paragliding equipment consists of :
- A harness
- Canvas set
- A large soft chute
All equipment must be suitably packed into a carry pack and weigh no more than 23kg
Standard sporting equipment charges apply, please view full details here.
Musical instruments are normally carried in the hold of the aircraft, please ensure that they are suitably packaged and are covered by adequate insurance.
Cellos can usually be carried in the cabin if an additional seat is purchased, as they can be secured safely in an aircraft seat. This must be booked at a fee via the Centre
- Cellos may be carried in the aircraft cabin providing that:
- a seat is purchased
- limited to 1 item per person
- the passenger must travel on the same flight
- must not be on a seat in an emergency exit row and must be in a seat on the inside
- seat must be dedicated for that item only
- must not exceed 75kg in weight
- is properly secured by aircraft safety lap strap
- the centre of mass must not be more than 30cm above seat cushion
Violins may be permitted on-board Flybe operated flights as cabin baggage as long as the instrument, including its case, doesn’t exceed 30cm x 30cm x 100cm. Carriage as cabin baggage is subject to available space in the overhead lockers. Please note the instrument will be classed as your one piece of cabin baggage. Flybe recommends you have adequate insurance to cover such items.
All other musical instruments
Other musical instruments are permitted in the cabin as long as they meet the cabin bag requirements.
Guitars will be treated as an item of hold luggage and therefore hold luggage charges will apply for its carriage. excess charges will apply if the weight exceeds 23 kilos.
All other large musical instruments such as harps, double bass, drum kits, etc. will need to be prepared and packaged for carriage in the aircraft hold. These will be carried on a standby basis only and standard fees apply. View details of musical instrument fees.
We accept the carriage of sporting firearms on the majority of our routes however restrictions and requirements apply. Please note that the carriage of firearms and/or ammunition is not permitted on any flights operated by Stobart Air or Flybe flights operated in/out of Toulon (TLN), London Heathrow (LHR) and Geneva (GVA). Please contact our Customer Call Centre and complete the forms provided. Once carriage of the firearm is approved you will need to complete a firearms declaration form. Please ensure that you print this document and complete sections A and B prior to checking in for your flight. The firearms declaration form document is made up of three copies, all of which are required to be completed and presented at check-in. If you do not present the completed form at check-in, there is a risk of delaying the check-in process and you missing your flight.
Bringing firearms into Northern Ireland.
All visitors wishing to bring firearms of any kind into Northern Ireland will need to check if they require a Northern Ireland Firearm Certificate issued by the Chief Constable to accompany their own Firearms Certificate. Details can be found on the PSNI website using the link below.
Applications for the certificate must be made to the Police Service of Northern Ireland at least two months prior to arriving in the United Kingdom.
Additional information, as well as a copy of the application form, is available from the Police Service of Northern Ireland www.psni.police.uk/index/advice_centre/firearms.htm.
Specific baggage items
Scissors and knives
Flybe accept the carriage of chef knives. These must be carried in the hold and must be suitably packed to prevent damage to other passengers’ hold luggage. It is requested that where possible these are packed in a box and carried in the passengers' suitcase. Passengers wishing to carry knives are required to mention at check-in that their hold luggage contains knives. On flights operated by Stobart Air, the carriage of scissors or knives with blades over 6cm is not permitted.
Tools and tool boxes
All tools and tool boxes will be carried in the hold. You are required to inform staff if you are carrying any pressurised gas cylinders, liquids which may be corrosive/flammable/toxic. No magnetic items are allowed to be carried.
Military regalia (flags, drums, etc.) can be carried in the hold without incurring any additional charges, as long as they fall within your hold luggage allowance. For example, passengers having paid for a standard 23 kilo bag and checking in with a 15 kilo bag and a 5 kilo flag will not be charged extra to check in the flag as the total of the two items fall within the weight limit.
Inflatable items (football, rugby ball etc.)
Any inflatable item i.e. footballs, rugby balls beach balls etc can be taken in either the hold or in the cabin, however they must be partly or fully deflated before arriving at check-in.
Framed pictures, mirrors, perishable, high value and fragile items
Framed pictures, mirrors, perishable, high value and fragile items must be carried in the hold.
Flybe recommends that additional insurance is taken out for valuable items as we do not accept responsibility for any damages incurred during transit. All items must be suitably packaged and fragile stickers must be used.
Plants and trees
There are no restrictions placed on passengers by Flybe as an airline with regards to the carriage of plants or trees. If you wish to carry a small plant, this can be carried in the cabin; alternatively this can be placed in the hold and must be properly packed. Restrictions however may be in force from the agricultural authorities. Passengers travelling to Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or overseas are required to check with Defra with regards to any restrictions that may be in place. Defra telephone number: 00 44 0207 238 6951.
Wrapped gifts can be carried in both the hold and the cabin of the aircraft. If you wish to carry a wrapped gift onboard please be aware that security personnel may ask you to unwrap the item for inspection.
Party poppers and sparklers
Party poppers / party bombs / sparklers are not permitted to be carried onboard of our aircrafts.
Christmas crackers can be carried in the hold of the aircraft but are restricted to one unopened box of 12 crackers per passenger. Sparklers and party poppers are not permitted onboard or in the hold of the aircraft. On flights operated by Stobart Air, the carriage of Christmas crackers, sparklers and party poppers is not permitted.
All fire extinguishers, powder or foam cannot be carried onboard or our aircrafts as they are classed as dangerous goods.
Gas curling tongs
Gas curling tongs can be carried with the gas cylinder and safety cover fitted. No spare cartridges are permitted to be carried. Tongs can be carried as part of hold baggage and cabin baggage.
Camping stoves and fuel containers for camping stoves that have contained a flammable liquid fuel may be carried provided the fuel tank of the camping stove, and/or fuel container has been completely drained of all liquid fuel and action has been taken to nullify the danger.
To nullify the danger the empty fuel tank or container must be allowed to drain for at least 1 hour. The fuel tank or container must then be left uncapped for a minimum of 6 hours to allow any residual fuel to evaporate.
The fuel tank, and/or container must have the cap securely fastened and be wrapped in an absorbent material such as paper towel and placed in a polyethylene or equivalent bag. The top of the bag must then be sealed or gathered and closed with an elastic band or twine.
Passengers who are taking false teeth in their hold luggage must adhere to the following:
- teeth must be suitably packed and secured in a sealable container
- if you are taking the teeth due to their line of work or study, it is advisable for you to take some documentation from the college/work to confirm they need to transport the teeth
- check in early in case security need to ask any questions
- a label/tag must be put onto the container within the passengers' hold luggage
- name and address details should be placed in the hold luggage in the event of the label coming off the container during transportation
Biological substances 'class B'
- should only be carried by a health care professional
- should be carried in the cabin so that they remain in control of a health care professional
- the captain must be informed of the carriage
- a copy of the exemption certificate must be carried when these items are onboard the aircraft
- a charge of £10.00 must be made to the appropriate authority for each shipment
- On Stobart Air operated flights, packages shall be accepted when packed in line with current IATA DGR guidelines.
Electronic, water vapour cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) must be carried in the cabin and NOT in checked baggage. They are NOT permitted to be used on-board the aircraft at any time.
Passengers may NOT carry e-cig refills which bear the toxic warning label in cabin or hold baggage. Any product bearing this label is forbidden on the aircraft. Some airports may confiscate all e-cig refills.
For further information please see the Department for Transport website.
On flights operated by Stobart Air, passengers may carry up to 2.5kg of dry ice per passengers. Dry ice can be carried either as part your cabin bag or hold luggage allowance.