Why should you have to give up your skateboard just because you’re traveling by plane? Don’t all airlines know that skateboarding is a way of life – we’d skateboard cross country if it wouldn’t add years onto the journey time!
Luckily for us, more airlines have begun allowing skateboards on their planes. However, no one is talking about this which is why it’s so unheard of. Many skaters are often confused about which airlines allow skateboards on their planes, which is why we’ve come to the rescue with this article.
Below we’ve listed the airlines that allow skateboards to be checked in or carried onto their flights, so you have a definite answer no matter which airline you’re using. It’s always worth checking their rules and regulations to ensure that they haven’t made any amendments.
JetBlue allows you to check-in your skateboard as long as they don’t exceed their size limit, which is 22 inches long. You can also carry them on as long as they’re short enough, but your skateboard will often be too long to do this.
Checking in your skateboard will make it a conditionally checked in item, and JetBlue assumes no responsibility for damages or loss to these items.
Provided that your skateboard weighs less than 8kg and is smaller than 55 x 40 x 23 inches, you can take it as your carry-on item.
However, you won’t be able to take any other carry-on bags with you. It’s worth considering whether you’re going to need any other items more urgently than a skateboard as your carry-on.
You can carry-on your skateboard as long as it fits within the standard baggage allowance. This is 22 x 14 x 9 inches, or 45 linear inches. Don’t be caught out by the wheels and handles of your carry-on bag because they will turn you away if these are outside of the maximum allowance.
Alternatively, you can check your skateboard in without any hassle. This must be a manual skateboard and not include any motorized parts. You may have to pay to check this bag in, so make sure that you check the fees beforehand.
Southwest Airlines allow you to take your skateboard on your plane as either a carry-on item or a checked-in bag. The carry-on option is much more preferable as it does not require you to sacrifice as much of your luggage. If you’re taking the skateboard on the plane as a carry-on item, it must either be kept underneath your seat or in the overhead locker.
No matter where you store the skateboard, the wheels need to be facing up so that it cannot travel while you’re in the air. Moreover, the wheels need to be covered with a plastic bag to prevent any damage from occurring to other passengers’ luggage.
Delta allows you to take your skateboard on as carry-on or a checked-in item, but the carry-on must not exceed 45 linear inches.
Taking it as a checked-in item means that you will have to conform to the standard baggage rules that Delta has in place.
As long as your skateboard is not electric or motorized, you can check it in as a piece of checked luggage.
You might have to pay some additional fees for checking it in, and Spirit Airlines requires you to sign a limited liability form to ensure that you cannot blame them if your skateboard is lost or damaged.
You’re able to take a skateboard on the plane as long as you check it in as checked luggage.
Feel free to use either a soft or hard-shell bag, but make sure that you pack it properly to ensure that no damage can occur. You may be faced with an additional weight fee for your skateboard.
45 linear inches are allowed as carry-on items for Hawaiian Airlines, or 9 x 14 x 22 inches. Carry-on items must also not exceed 25 pounds, so you’ll be hard-pressed to take your skateboard on as a carry-on item.
However, you are allowed to check-in the skateboard as an additional piece of luggage. This often leads to another fee to pay.
Frontier Airlines are rather ambiguous when it comes to their policy on skateboards; however, many people have had success with taking a disassembled skateboard on the place with them as a carry-on item.
If you want to take your skateboard with you while it’s still assembled, you will need to check it in. You might face additional fees for doing so.
You can take a 55 x 40 x 23-inch skateboard on with you as a carry-on item, but it must not weigh more than 8kg. You’ll also not be able to take any other carry-on items with you.
If you don’t need to take any other items on as carry-on with you, feel free to do just this.
Virgin America allows you to take pieces of sports equipment on the plane with you for free, and this extends to skateboards as well. However, you might worry about potential damage and want to take it on as carry-on with you.
Some skateboarders have had luck with this, but some have been stopped and forced to check it in, so try to take your skateboard as your carry-on item at your own risk.
Ryanair only allows skateboards on the plane when they’re checked in.
Fees might have to be paid and there are no exceptions.
Allegiant Air allows skateboards; however, they need to be shorter than a standard Penny board.
This means that you cannot take a standard skateboard with you and therefore won’t work for a lot of skaters who enjoy a longer board.
You can take your skateboard on an Air Canada plane as a carry-on as long as it is less than 62 inches long and weighs less than 50 pounds.
Your skateboard will count to one of your carry-on items, so if you’re only allowed one piece of luggage in the cabin with you, you’ll have to sacrifice your bag for your board.