Special Items

Sporting Equipment


You can bring most sports equipment with you on your trip, though keep in mind that standard checked baggage fees apply based on cabin, travel region and total number of checked bags. Overweight baggage fees apply to bags that exceed 50 lbs and bags cannot exceed 115 linear in/292 cm (length + width + height). Items in excess of the baggage allowance will be subject to additional, overweight, and oversized baggage fees. Please refer to Baggage Fee Chart for additional details. All Sports Equipment must be packed in a durable protective container designed specifically for the equipment.

  • If you don't see your item below, then normal baggage allowances, fees and handling policies apply
  • Items over 115 linear inches (292cm) and/or 100 lbs (45kg) will not be accepted
  • CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe
  • See Previous Checked Bag Fees for tickets purchased before 12AM (ET) July 17, 2019

Fees per animal rack/antler:

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Antlers weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees

Space must be available, and the following Restrictions apply:

  • Antlers must be free of residue, the skull must be wrapped and the tips
    protected
  • Antler/animal racks cannot exceed 100 lbs (45kgs) and linear dimension (length+width+height) cannot exceed 115 inches/292 cm
  • Antlers will be accepted on Delta Connection flights only if space is available

In some cases, there may not be space available for antlers to travel on the same plane with you. These will be held at the local baggage service office or can be delivered for a fee. Contact Reservations for more information.

Archery equipment is allowed only as checked baggage. All archery equipment must be packed in a durable protective container designed specifically for Archery. Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subjected to additional baggage and overweight fees.

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Archery equipment weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees

Bicycles, non-motorized touring or single seat racing, are allowed as checked baggage on most flights, with the exception of certain Delta Connection® carriers.  

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Bicycles weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm) or exceeds 100 lbs, the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Non-motorized touring or single seat racing bicycles must be packed in a durable protective container designed specifically for bicycles.
  • A limited liability release form must be signed by the passenger in the case that the bike is not properly packed
  • If the bicycle is packaged in a hard shell case specifically designed for transporting bicycles, then a limited release form is not required
  • If the bicycle is packaged in a soft sided travel bag or anything other than a hard shell case, a limited release form will need to be signed

Delta is not responsible for damage noted at the time of check in or damage due to over packing the bag.

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Boogie or skim boards weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  •  If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees

Canoes and kayaks are not allowed, with the exception of folding kayaks. The following fees apply for folding kayaks:

Fees per folding kayak

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Folding kayaks weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • A limited liability release form must be signed by the passenger

Fishing poles up to 115 linear inches (length + width + height) (292 cm) are allowed as checked baggage as long as they are contained safely.

Fishing poles meeting the carry on standard (22in x 14in x 9in) are allowed as carry on baggage.

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Fishing equipment weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  •  If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Fishing poles meeting the carry-on standard (22in x 14in x 9in) are allowed as carry-on baggage

You may check one golf bag (per passenger) as a standard item of checked baggage, as long as equipment is contained safely and meets the size requirement. Standard baggage charges apply.

Golf Checked Bag Requirements

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Golf bags weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees

One Checked Golf Bag Holds:

  • One golf bag
  • One set of golf clubs
  • Golf balls and tees
  • One pair golf shoes

Golf Club Restrictions

  • Must be packaged within a hard-shell case
  • Or, must be packed in a soft-sided golf travel bag, after a limited release has been signed
  • Delta is not responsible for damage noted at the time of check-in or damage due to over-packing the bag

Hockey and Lacrosse equipment will be allowed as checked baggage only. Standard baggage fees and policies apply. One item of hockey/lacrosse equipment is defined as one equipment bag plus two hockey or lacrosse sticks (taped together). If the total weight of the equipment is over 50 lbs. (22 kg), overweight baggage fees apply.

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Hockey and lacrosse  equipment weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees

Javelins are allowed except for travel to/from/via Dublin (DUB) or Amsterdam (AMS). Length of the javelin cannot exceed 120 inches

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Javelins weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 120 linear inches (305 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Kiteboards weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Boards over 115 linear inches (length + width + height) (292 cm) will not be accepted
  • Kiteboards are not accepted on flights operated on ExpressJet and may be limited on other Delta Connection or regional carriers
  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Kneeboard or wakeboards weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Must be packaged in an appropriate kneeboard/wakeboard bag/case

Sport parachutes are accepted as carry-on baggage only, provided that none of the items are classified as a prohibited or restricted item (Example: pressurized oxygen cylinders).

One dive bag containing scuba equipment other than an empty dive tank is allowed as checked baggage. An empty dive tank is allowed. Tanks exceeding 100 lbs or 115 linear inches are not allowed.

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Scuba equipment weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Scuba tanks exceed 100 lbs. (46 kg) or 115 linear inches (length + width + height) (292 cm) are not allowed

Shooting equipment is allowed as checked baggage only. It must fit within the very specific criteria that we outline below.

  • Declare to the Delta representative that you are checking a firearm
  • Declare the existence of a firearm to security personnel if there's a security checkpoint before the Delta counter
  • All firearms must be declared by the passenger to a Delta representative at the main ticket counter
  • Present firearm(s) unloaded and sign a "Firearms Unloaded" declaration
  • Firearms must be packed in a locked manufacturer's hard-sided container specifically designed for the firearm, a locked hard–sided gun case or a locked hard-sided piece of luggage. Handguns may be packed in a locked hard-sided gun case, and then packed inside an unlocked soft-sided piece of luggage. However, a Conditional Acceptance Tag must be used in this case
  • Maintain entry permits in your possession for the country or countries of destination or transit
  • Ensure small arms ammunition is packed in the manufacturer's original package or securely packed in fiber, wood, plastic or metal boxes and provide separation for cartridges
  • You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with all Federal, State or local laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms. For more information about this regulation you can visit the TSA website.
  • If you are transporting a firearm to the United Kingdom, a permit from the United Kingdom is specifically required. You must contact the United Kingdom for more information about securing this permit
  • Until further advised, passengers departing Brussels, Belgium are not allowed to check weapons including, antique, sporting, hunting or toy rifles in their checked baggage
  • Customer must be 18 years of age or older
  • All firearms checked as baggage must be picked up at the Baggage Service Office upon arrival at your final destination. ID will be required to claim your checked firearm

The following types of ammunition are not accepted:

  • Gun powder; such as Pyrodex or Black Powder
  • Ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles
  • Ammunition, including case, exceeding 11 pounds (5 kg) gross weight per passenger

Pistols and accessories must be included in one case and contain:

  • Pistol telescopes
  • Noise suppressors
  • A small pistol tool case
  • No more than 11 lbs. (5 kg) of ammunition, including case

Rifles and shotguns must be packaged as follows:

  • One hard sided case containing up to four rifles, shotguns, shooting materials, tools
  • The case must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. All areas designed to be locked must be locked.
  • Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted. Be aware that the container the firearm was in when purchased may not adequately secure the firearm when it is transported in checked baggage.
  • One hard sided case containing up to five handguns, one scope, tools
  • One bow and quiver of arrows and maintenance kit enclosed in a case or container strong enough to protect the bow and quiver from accidental damage
  • No more than 11 lbs. (5 kg) of ammunition, including case

An excess baggage fee will apply if checking more than one gun case.

Skateboards are allowed as checked baggage and standard baggage policies apply. Skateboards are allowed as carry-on baggage and standard carry-on size restrictions apply. In checked baggage, your board must be housed in a bag.

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Skateboards weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees

Ski and snowboard equipment are allowed as checked baggage. One item of Ski or Snowboard Equipment per person is defined as:

  • One ski/pole bag
  • One snowboard bag
  • One boot bag is accepted per person
The combined weight of both items (ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag) may not exceed the standard baggage allowance specific to the cabin or excess weight charges will apply.
 
  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • If the combined weight of ski/snowboard bags and boot bag weighs over 50 lbs, the applicable excess weight fee will be charged
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees

Surfboard Checked Bag Requirements and Fees

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Surfboards weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Surfboards are allowed up to two (2) boards per bag

Surfboard Terms & Conditions

  • Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Surfboards over 72 inches in length are not allowed on Delta Connection carrier flights. Contact Reservations for more information

Vaulting poles are not accepted as checked baggage or cargo on any flight operated by Delta or a Delta Connection Carrier.

Windsurfing Checked Bag Requirements and Fees

  • Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
  • Windsurfing boards weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
  • If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Boards are allowed up to two boards per bag

Windsurfing Terms & Conditions

  • Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Contact Reservations for more information
  • Due to size limitations, windsurfing equipment will not be accepted on Delta Connection carriers or MD-88 aircraft