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 unless otherwise stated. Fees are combinable where applicable. For example, 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, U.S., international and chartered flights.

  • Travelling with one of our airline partners? Familiarize yourself with their policies and restrictions as the may be different from ours. Generally, the most restrictive guidelines will apply.
  • The maximum length accepted is 9.8 feet for any sports item.

  • 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
    • Arrow(s) and 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.

  • Bicycle and helmet

      One bicycle and one helmet are allowed per guest. 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.

      WestJet may refuse carriage of improperly packaged bicycles.

  • Golf clubs
    • One golf set consisting of golf balls, golf clubs and golf shoes will be accepted.
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kayaks
    • A river kayak must be packaged for shipping to prevent damage.
    • Maximum dimension accepted: 3 m 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.

  • Parachute
    • One parachute that does not contain a compressed or explosive type of activation device will be accepted per guest.
    • Parachutes that contain an automatic activation device may be accepted. Restrictions apply. Please contact WestJet at 1-888-937-8538 for more information.

  • 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.

  • Skateboards, longboards and scooters

      Skateboards and fold-up scooters (non-motorized) in addition to one helmet are accepted.

    • Skateboards may be brought as carry-on baggage if they are within the size requirements.
    • Snowboards must be packed for shipping to prevent damage.

  • Skis, water skis and snowboards

      One set: helmet, skis, boots and poles; or a snowboard and boots; or a pair of water skis.

    • The oversize bag fee will be waived.
    • Snowboards 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.

  • 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.

  • Sports racquets

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

  • Surfboards and windsurfers

      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.