If I go on a (EU internal) flight with my bow, do I have to register my uncommon luggage somehow? Is just handled as sporting equipment like a ball?

Of course we're not talking about the "hand-luggage".

  • Are you asking only about the legal aspect of it? Because due to its size you'll probably have to pay an oversize fee. You'll also need a hard-shell bow case to pack it safely. And some airways carry a sports baggage free of charge. But you'll need to register it in advance. Feb 17, 2016 at 14:01
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    I'm sure I'm not the only one that came here wanting to see a picture of a plane fuselage visibly deformed (bowed).
    – JPhi1618
    Feb 17, 2016 at 14:05
  • @JPhi1618 :D Like "[img] bowed plane [/img] Should I be worried?"
    – OddDev
    Feb 17, 2016 at 14:20
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    Totally thought someone else was going to have asked this ... thank you for saying "of course" not hand luggage, take a +1
    – Calchas
    Feb 17, 2016 at 20:59

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In general, you can find information about what items are permitted on the flight on both the website of the airline (they will have a restricted items page) and on the website of the relevant athourity who would control things for the country you are flying from.

As you don't give that here, I'm going to take the information from the British Airways restricted items list, which under the category "Sporting Goods" says:

Bows and crossbows | Hand luggage: No. | Checked Luggage: Yes.

with no additional restrictions. So you will probably be OK. If I were you however, I'd enquire about the legality of possessing and transporting these items in your destination country - archery is a fairly common hobby, so I doubt they are illegal anywhere, but some places may restrict how they are transported and where they can be removed from containers.

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