Sporting equipment


Because suitcases aren't the only things you may want to pack, it's best to be aware that sporting equipment will count as a piece of checked baggage. Below you'll find what you need to know about bringing everything from surfboards to ski boots to soccer balls.

Sporting equipment overview

  • Sporting equipment is subject to all applicable baggage fees. Fees are combinable where applicable - if an item is overweight, oversized and a second item, all three fees apply.

  • WestJet accepts sporting equipment that meets the packing requirements, and weight and size restrictions for travel on domestic, international and chartered flights.

  • The maximum length accepted is 9.8 feet for any sports item.

  • Travelling with one of our airline partners? Familiarize yourself with their policies and restrictions as they may be different from ours. Generally, the most restrictive guidelines will apply.

    For additional packing instructions, more detail on restrictions or other information related to sporting equipment, please contact us at: 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET).

     

  • Archery Equipment
    • The arrow(s) and the bow/crossbow must be packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.
    • A set consists of a bow/crossbow, a quiver of arrows and a maintenance kit.
    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.

  • Bicycle and helmet
    • A maximum of one bicycle and one helmet are allowed per guest.
    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.
    • WestJet may refuse carriage of improperly packaged bicycles. Before flying with your bike, please:
      • Remove pedals;
      • Partially deflate your tires;
      • Fix handlebars sideways;
      • Pack the bicycle in a box or bag to protect your bike and prevent leakage from bicycles containing hydraulic fluid.



  • Golf clubs
    • One golf set consisting of golf balls, golf clubs and golf shoes will be accepted per guest.
    • Golf equipment must be packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specially designed for shipping, or in a bag with an attached hood.
    • Bags with built-in tripods must have the legs taped or secured to the bag.
    • The oversize bag fee will be waived. Applicable extra piece and overweight fees apply.

  • Hockey, ringette, lacrosse and football equipment
    • One helmet, a puck/ring/football/stick, a set of pads, and a pair of cleats, shoes or skates are included as part of one accepted set, per guest.
    • If the bag's primary use is to transport equipment, the oversize bag fee and overweight fee (up to 100 lb.) will be waived.
    • Applicable extra piece fees will apply.

  • Kayaks
    • A river kayak must be packaged for shipping to prevent damage.
    • Maximum dimension accepted: 300 cm x 45 cm x 76 cm (length x width x height) or 9'8" x 1'5" x 2'5".
    • Sea kayaks are not accepted as their size exceeds our allowances.
    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.

  • Parachute
    • One parachute that does not contain a compressed or explosive type of activation device is accepted per guest.
    • Parachutes that contain an automatic activation device may be accepted, however restrictions apply. Please contact WestJet at 1-888-937-8538 for more information.
    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.

  • Scuba gear

      One set of scuba gear is accepted per guest.

    • Cylinders containing compressed air or a special gas mixture are prohibited.
    • Only empty cylinders (pressure gauge must read zero) are allowed.
    • Tank valve must be open.
    • Diving lamps must be disconnected from the battery, with the terminals taped over to prevent accidental functioning during transport.
    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.

  • Skateboards, longboards and scooters

      One skateboard or fold-up scooter (non-motorized) in addition to one helmet are accepted per guest.

    • Skateboards may be brought as carry-on baggage if they are within the size requirements.
    • All items must be packed for shipping to prevent damage.
    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.

  • Skis, water skis and snowboards

      One set is accepted per guest including helmet, skis, boots and poles; or a snowboard and boots; or a pair of water skis.

    • All items must be packed for shipping to prevent damage.
    • Ski wax must be non-flammable. Butane or torches used to remove ski wax are not accepted.
    • The oversize bag fee will be waived.
    • Applicable extra piece and overweight fees apply.


  • Sports balls
    • Inflatable sport balls such as basketballs, footballs, soccer balls and volleyballs must be partially deflated and are also permitted in carry-on baggage.
    • Bowling balls are accepted as checked baggage only.

    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.

  • Sports racquets

      When properly packaged and within the sizing restrictions sports racquets are also permitted in carry-on baggage.

      All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.


  • Surfboards and windsurfers

      Are accepted in checked baggage when less than 9.8 feet (3 metres) long.

    • All boards must have the skeg/fin removed, be padded, and packed properly to prevent damage to the board, sail and other baggage.
    • All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply.