Sporting Equipment Restrictions

Sporting equipment such as snow skis and golf clubs may be checked as part of the free baggage allowance, and must be packed in a suitable container. Fishing rods stored in a protective case may be checked. Cases CANNOT be taped together. Additional sporting equipment will be charged an excess fee. There is a fee charged in all situations for equipment such as surfboards, bicycles and scuba gear due to the size of these items. Please note that these articles are not covered in loss or damage claims, and personal insurance should be placed on any sporting good item prior to travel. Please call Ravn Alaska at 800-866-8394 for more information.

Firearms

Undeclared firearms: firearms may not be placed in carry-on baggage. They may be included in checked baggage if they are declared, unloaded and properly packaged.

Firearms and munitions other than for hunting and sporting purposes are prohibited from carriage as on-board an aircraft. Firearms and munitions for hunting and sporting purposes maybe accepted as checked baggage.

All firearms must be unloaded and carried in a locked, hard-sided container where only the customer retains the key or combination.

Firearms / Shooting Equipment Allowances

The following items may be included in the normal baggage allowance. Excess charges will apply for additional pieces of baggage. All items must be suitably packaged for transport.

  • One rifle case with rifles, scopes, one shooting mat, noise suppressors and small tools, or
  • One shotgun case with shotguns, or
  • One pistol case with pistols, noise suppressors, one pistol telescope and small pistol tools

Carriage of firearms (rifle, shotgun, and pistol) in checked baggage will be allowed when the firearm is: a. Packed in a hard-sided container or gun case that will prevent against damage during the flight. The hard-sided case must be secured by locks that do not allow for accidental or unauthorized opening.

  • Multiple locks may be required on some cases to ensure the case cannot be opened. However, customers are not required to place locks in every available area on the case, as long as the case is secure.
  • Only the customer retains the key or combination to the lock
  • There is no limit to the number or type of firearms (rifles/shotguns/pistols) per case. Different firearm types may be in the same case as long as each type is properly packed.

Packed separately from ammunition (i.e. firearm in the rifle case, and ammunition in another case/bag)

  • Ammunition may be checked with or separately from the firearm. (E.g. two cases, or one case that contains the firearm case and the ammunition box packed separately within the case)
  • The maximum permissible ammunition limit is 50lbs per passenger
  • Ammunition must be securely packed in the original manufacturer’s package or in a container designed for ammunition and of sufficient strength to protect it from accidental crushing or discharge (i.e. wood, fiber, plastic, or metal).
  • Ammunition projectile must be no larger than 11/16″ in diameter, the size of a dime.
  • Spent ammunition shells will be accepted in checked baggage provided they meet the same acceptance procedures as live ammunition (e.g. packed in a crush-proof case)
  • Ravn will not transport fully automatic weapon ammunition.

Upon arrival at your destination airport, Firearms and gun cases/container are not placed on the arrival baggage belt. Rather, they must be held at the Baggage Office/ Counter until the passenger comes to claim them. Before handing over the case/container the RSA/CSA will ask the person to show their ID (government identification) and claim check. The RSA/CSA must check that the name on the ID and the numbers of the bag tag stub match with the name and numbers on the bag tag attached to the container. If they match the item is handed-over, if they do not match the item is held until ownership can be clearly identified

International Transport

International – For additional guidance and restrictions on international firearms transport, please check with a customer service representative from your transporting airline.

Canada – For additional information on firearms transported to or from Canada, please call the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000.

Fish or Game Meat

The Federal Lacey Act requires labeling on all seafood or game meat shipped across state lines. The State of Alaska requires special labeling for the following items leaving the state: unmounted antlers and horns, raw capes from big game and bear hides. Completing and attaching a “big game trophy export” tag from the state of Alaska may meet this requirement or it can be made by marking the outside of the container with the information.

Fish and Meat

Fish and raw meat will be accepted as part of the free baggage allowance. The fish or meat must be packaged in a leak proof container. Styrofoam containers are not permitted. Fish or game meat is not covered for loss or damage and is suggested .

Ravn Alaska does not accept wet ice packaging. We recommend freezing or chilling meat or fish thoroughly before transporting for best results. These items are checked at your own risk for spoilage. Gel ice is recommended and up to 5 lbs of dry ice is acceptable. Dry ice must be declared at check in, and properly labeled on the package(s). Please read more about dry ice restrictions.

General Tips:

  • Have your containers packaged and sealed before you get to the airport. TSA will inspect your containers in Anchorage.
  • Seal the boxes tight
  • Please note that your fish should be completely frozen so that it can withstand up to 48 hours in its packaging in the event of any baggage delays.

What to Use:

  • Strapping or plastic tape (a minimum of two bands around the entire package)
  • Plastic coolers or fish boxes lined with a polyethylene bag
  • Dry Ice (up to 5 pounds; must be marked)

Do Not Use:

  • Duct Tape
  • Styrofoam boxes
  • Wet ice

Weight

  • Avoid additional baggage charges by keeping containers under 50 pounds
  • Anything more than 100 pounds must be shipped air cargo, the fish may not arrive with your flight

Labeling:

  • Label each container with your name, address and the contents
  • Mark each container with shipping instructions – Keep frozen, keep cool, perishable, this side up, etc.
  • Make certain your labels will stay on the containers during the trip. Some stickers will slide off cool or wet packages.

Game Trophies

Antlers and game horns are accepted as cargo only and these items require specific packaging for transport. All antler and horn tips must be protected to avoid damage to other baggage. Game trophies are not covered for loss or damage.