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Fellow archers - checking in archery equipment

Old May 21, 19, 6:34 am
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Fellow archers - checking in archery equipment

Hi folks,
Having had to check my equipment in for going to a target archery competition abroad, I've found that some airlines do not allow it in your checked bag, or require you to declare it at the airport like a firearm.
Here's a list of which airlines do allow bows in checked in bags (for obvious reasons it's not allowed as a cabin bag :-) ), who don't, and those to whom you need to declare it at check in, updated 2019

European airlines:
BA - allowed in checked luggage, no declaration necessary
AF - allowed in checked luggage, no declaration necessary
LH Group (LH, LX, OS) - Allowed as Sports equipment, no declaration necessary
U2 - allowed in checked luggage, no declaration necessary
KL - allowed in checked luggage, no declaration necessary
FR - Not allowed even as checked in luggage
SK - allowed as sports equipment, no declaration necessary
DY - Allowed as sports equipment
AZ - allowed in checked luggage, no declaration necessary
FI - ?
LO - ?


Middle eastern airlines
QR - Seems allowed
EK - Seems allowed as sports equipment
EY - Allowed in checked baggage, no declaration necessary (seems crossbows are prohibited on all flights)

Asian airlines


North and South American airlines


I'll complete the list as I go along. Feel free to chime in if you have experience in transporting those kind of items
Mods, feel free to move the discussion if it's not suitable (I posted here since "Travel Health and Fitness" included sportsman travel)
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