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 Baggage Policy
 Interline Baggage Requirements
 Sporting Board Acceptance Policy
 Excess Baggage
 Baggage Fees
 Maximum Weight Limit
 Damaged Baggage
 Baggage Identification




Due to the cargo hold capacity limitations of the Dash 8 and ATR aircraft currently operated by LIAT, it is necessary that LIAT restricts the amount of baggage carried by its passengers. This will help us offer a more consistent and reliable baggage delivery service to passengers adhering to the baggage limitations.


The free baggage allowance for all LIAT services must be one piece at a maximum of 50 lbs (23 kgs.) per adult or child passenger. Infants ticketed as part of an adult's itinerary do not qualify for this free baggage allowance. If they are ticketed and a seat is reserved for them, then they are entitled to the free baggage allowance of 50lbs(23kgs) per person. The maximum overall size per piece will be 62 inches (157 cms).


In addition passengers will be allowed one piece of cabin baggage at a maximum weight of 15 lbs.(7 kgs.) and maximum overall dimensions of 21 inches x 14 inches x 8 inches (53 x 35 x 20 cms). These dimensions include wheels, all pockets and handles.

Any passenger travelling with more hand luggage may have this removed at the departure gate and will be charged for the carriage of the same.

Baggage Size

If there is no space in the hold of the flight you are booked on, the luggage may be carried on a later flight.

Additional small personal items will be carried free of charge (see notes 1 & 2).



Hand Baggage Restrictions - Liquids

Most countries limit the amount and types of liquid you can carry in your hand baggage.  

You can usually pack liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your hand baggage, but each item must be in a container no bigger than 3.4 ounces (100 millilitres), all of which must be packed in a sealable quart-sized (20 cm x 20 cm), clear plastic bag. This must be screened separately from the rest of your hand baggage. 

You must pack anything more than this in your checked baggage. These rules don’t apply for medications accompanied by a doctor’s prescription, or for baby food and drink. 

You can also purchase liquids once you are through security. Duty free items must be packed in a sealed, secure and tamper-evident bag, with the receipt inside. 

 We recommend that you check with your departure airport before travelling.


Checked-in baggage should not include items listed in note 3 and LIAT accepts no liability for such items



LIAT has interline baggage agreements with JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic Airways, as follows:


The baggage allowance is one checked piece weighing 50 lbs (23 kgs) per passenger.  Infant baggage is limited to one diaper bag, one stroller and one car seat. 

Passengers connecting from JetBlue in Barbados and Puerto Rico will have their luggage transferred onto LIAT.  On the return journey, passengers connecting with JetBlue are required to collect their bags and check them in at the JetBlue counter.  Passengers connecting to/from JetBlue/LIAT flights in St Maarten are required to collect the bags on both services and check them in themselves – no transfer of baggage is offered in this market.

 Virgin Atlantic Airways

Those passengers ticketed on Virgin Atlantic are permitted two checked bags in Premium Economy each bag is limited to 50lbs/23kgs and three bags in Upper Class each bag is limited to 70lbs/32 kgs).  LIAT will honour these baggage allowances when passengers transfer onto a LIAT flight.  The free baggage allowance for infants does not apply to LIAT flights.

Virgin passengers connecting to LIAT in Antigua will have their bags transferred.  Those passengers connecting to LIAT flights in Barbados will need to collect their bags and take them to the LIAT check in.

 Other Carriers

LIAT does not have interline baggage agreements with any other carriers at this time.  Therefore, LIAT’s baggage rules will be applied for anyone flying on the airline.



Subject to certain requirements being met, LIAT will accept Sporting Boards including Surfboards for carriage as checked luggage.
Terms of Acceptance:

  • LIAT will accept one sport bag containing up to 2 sporting boards per customer.
  • The maximum accepted board length for any board is 73 inches/185 centimetres.
  • Boards will only be accepted if packaged in a suitable container with the entire board encased. The skeg / fin must be removed or well padded and taped.
  • The Service charge for Surfboards is $80.00US one way regardless of number of checked bags. A full listing of all of LIAT’s Baggage Fees is available below.
  • If the sport bag weighs more than 50lbs, the Overweight Bag fee will apply.
  • Sporting goods/equipment that are not properly packed will only be accepted for transportation at the customer’s own risk.
  • Surfboards are accepted on a standby basis only.
  • Surfboards are not considered as part of the free baggage allowance and cannot be substituted for free baggage allowance.
  • Kite boards, Boogie, Skim and Speed boards (boards with wheels) that are less than 62 inches/157 cms in overall dimensions and weigh no more than 50 lbs can form part of passengers free baggage allowance.
  • All Boards are transported subject to the operating limits of the aircraft and the Terms and Conditions of Carriage which can be viewed at

Please contact LIAT Cargo or your local freight company to transport items that exceed the permitted weight or size dimensions for checked baggage.




Extra pieces of baggage (that is pieces in excess of the above allowance) will be subject to excess baggage charges and will only be accepted on a space available (standby) basis. Perishable items will not be accepted as standby baggage.


All Excess Bags Will Be Tagged As Standby

Baggage taken on a standby basis will be accepted with the understanding that LIAT is not liable for delays in the transportation of the baggage to its destination. Also LIAT will not accept responsibility for the customs clearance and/or the ground transportation cost incurred by passengers for the collection of stand by baggage.




The following are the charges and fees to be applied to overweight, oversized and excess baggage.





Maximum weight and size

Additional information

Overweight Bag Fee: Will apply to all passengers whose piece is between 51 to 70 pounds or 23 to 32 kilograms.


70lbs (32kgs)

62 inches/157cm (no one side can be more than 40 inches/102cm)

This charge can be combined with the oversized fee if the bag has dimensions exceeding 62in or 157cm.

Oversized Bag Fee:

Any item of baggage, including Boogie/Kite/Paddle/Skim/Speed boards, exceeding the overall dimensions of 62 in or 157 cm. Must fit baggage hold door.


50lbs (23kgs)

115 inches/292cm (no one side can be more than 40 inches/102cm)

This charge can be combined with the overweight fee if the bag weighs between 51 and 70lbs (23 and 32kgs).

Speed boards are boards with wheels.

Extra Baggage Fee 50 pounds (23kgs) and under:

Each item of baggage in excess of the one allowable piece.

USD60.00 per piece

USD70.00 per piece for journeys to/from Santo Domingo, Curacao or Guyana

50lbs (23kgs)

62 inches/157cm (no one side can be more than 40 inches/102cm)

This charge can be combined with the oversized fee if the bag has dimensions exceeding 62in or 157cm.

Extra Baggage Fee 51 - 70 pounds (23 – 32kgs) :

Each item of baggage in excess of the one allowable piece.

USD80.00 per piece

USD90.00 per piece for journeys to/from Santo Domingo, Curacao or Guyana

70lbs (32kgs)

62 inches/157cm (no one side can be more than 40 inches/102cm)

This charge can be combined with the oversized fee if the bag has dimensions exceeding 62in or 157cm.

Surfboard Fee

Up to two boards per sporting bag per passenger. This applies to all sporting boards.


50lbs (23kgs)

Maximum length 73 in or 185 cm.

If the bag with the surfboards weighs between 51 and 70lbs (23 and 32kgs) add the Overweight Bag Fee.

Pets (domesticated animals) cats, dogs birds. Up to 50lbs/23kgs when weighed in the approved ICAO kennel


50lbs (23kgs)

115 inches/292cm (no one side can be more than 40 inches/102cm)

Must contact LIAT at least 72hrs before departure to obtain documentary requirements.

Pets (domesticated animals ) cats, dogs birds. From 51-70lbs/23-32kgs when weighed in the approved ICAO kennel


70lbs (32kgs)

115 inches/292cm (no one side can be more than 40 inches/102cm)

Must contact LIAT at least 72hrs before departure to obtain documentary requirements.

Scuba gear with empty tank (one tank, scuba regulator, tank harness and tank pressure gauge).


50lbs (23kgs)

Customer must be ready to open the valve and demonstrate there is no pressure in the tank.

Bicycles. One non motorized touring, racing or recreational bike. Must be fully collapsed and stored in bike bag or box


50lbs (23kgs)

115 inches/292cm (no one side can be more than 40 inches/102cm)


Golfing and Fishing equipment and Boxes. Accepted in lieu of a standard baggage with applicable baggage fees applied.

The size limitation of your luggage is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, that is, length + width + height.
Note: Carry-on roller board bags, duffle bags, large backpacks, or other personal items that don't fit in the overhead bins or under the seat will be accepted as checked baggage.

Revised 14 Sep 2015

All charges are calculated on a one-way basis and must be collected on check-in. Baggage connecting to/from other airlines will also be subject to the connecting airline's excess charges and/or oversized charges in addition to the LIAT charges.





For health and safety reasons, LIAT will not accept as checked baggage any one piece weighing more than 70lbs (32 kgs.) or measuring in excess of 115 inches (292 cm.)

Embargoes - busy periods

In addition to the foregoing, LIAT places additional limitations on checked baggage at specific times of the year as well as travel at certain times to/from specific markets and this is referred to as an embargo. During embargo periods only a maximum of two checked bags will be accepted. Additional bags may be accepted only at the station manager's discretion.

System-wide Embargo periods are:

December 01 to January 15
July 01 to September 10
Information on embargoes which are market specific will be circulated at least one month in advance of the effective date.

Note 1: The following additional items may be carried free of charge:

  • A lady's handbag, pocketbook or purse, i.e. which is appropriate to normal travelling dress and is not being used as a container for the transportation of articles which should otherwise be regarded as baggage.
  • A gentleman’s small attaché case/ brief case or laptop with case (case no larger than required to carry a single laptop.)
  • An overcoat, wrap or blanket
  • A child's push chair
  • An umbrella or walking stick
  • A small camera and/or a pair of binoculars
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight
  • Infant's food for in-flight consumption and infant's carry basket
  • A fully collapsible wheelchair and/or crutches, and/or braces or other prosthetic device for the use by a physically challenged passenger. Certain items such as, infant carrying baskets or carrycots, wheelchairs and walking aids other than sticks or crutches must be labelled and stowed in the checked baggage compartment.

Note 2: An approved infant car seat will be permitted in the cabin, provided that it can be secured by a seat belt, a seat is reserved for the infant and a child's fare paid.

 The car seat must bear two (2) labels usually located on the side or the underside of the car seat.

  1. The first must state: “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards”
  2. The second must state:This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” (In red lettering)

Cabin bags, ladies vanity or cosmetic cases are not included in the free personal articles list. These items and others which do not visibly accord with the description of personal articles must be considered as cabin baggage or an item of checked baggage.


Golfing equipment, boxes and fishing equipment will be accepted as baggage in lieu of a piece of standard baggage.


Small musical instruments may be carried onboard the aircraft providing they meet existing carry-on size requirements and fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. Case dimensions may not exceed 43 dimensional inches (width + length +  height), except for guitars which may be brought on board only if they can be safely stowed in an overhead bin or approved stowage location in the cabin. The instrument is considered the passenger's one allowed carry-on bag.


Note 3: List of items in checked/unchecked baggage for which LIAT bears no liability.

  • Valuables/fragile items (including but not limited to, money, jewellery, precious metals, cameras, computers, personal electronic devices)
  • Important/valuable documentation (including but not limited to, Business documents, passports, negotiable papers, securities, deeds)
  • Electronic goods, cosmetics, perfumes
  • Perishables including seafood, meats and vegetables
  • Medicines and medical equipment
  • House or car keys
  • Items which have insufficient packaging e.g. Surfboards, Bicycles, Musical Instruments
  • Items prohibited for carriage by applicable law or applicable IATA/ICAO rules and regulations



Prompt notification of a damaged bag helps us get your property to you promptly therefore all LIAT Airlines airport locations are equipped to handle the initial report, evaluation and settlement of damage claims. If your bag is damaged, please notify us:

  • In person before leaving the airport
  • At the latest, within 24 hours after you receive your bag for domestic itineraries
  • Within 7 days for international connected passengers

Please notify us as soon as possible. Failure to report damage to baggage within the prescribed time limit releases LIAT Airlines from any liability.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Inspections at USVI and Puerto Rico

The TSA places a written notification inside the bag or a seal on the outside of the bag after an inspection. Since LIAT is not liable for damage resulting from TSA inspections, please contact the TSA at 1-866-289-9673 if you believe your bag has been damaged as a result of an inspection.

Tips To Help Reduce the Risk of Damaged Luggage

  1. Never check a bag that doesn't completely close. If you need a luggage strap or bungee cord to keep the bag closed, it probably won't survive the trip.
  3. Check your bag carefully in the baggage claims area before leaving the airport.
  4. Never check a bag that is meant to be carried on. Most briefcases, tote bags, plastic garment covers and items received through retail promotions are not designed to be checked luggage.
  5. Don't over-pack. Over-packing puts a strain on zippers, seams, frames and hinges.
  6. Consider replacing old or worn luggage. Luggage that is several years old may not be able to withstand automated baggage handling systems.

Damage to Baggage/Clothing

LIAT does not assume liability for normal wear and tear to checked baggage. Normal wear and tear being minor scratches, scuffs, stains, dents, cuts and dirt that may occur despite care in handling. There is also no responsibility for damage to or loss of protruding baggage parts such as wheels, straps, pockets, pull handles, zips, zippers, seams, hanger hooks or other items attached to the baggage.



 LIAT employees strive to ensure you and your checked baggage are always transported on the same flight(s). However, many factors - including weather, delays of connecting flights and Weight Restrictions on the Aircraft can make this task challenging.

For those times when you are separated from your baggage, we will do our best to ensure you are reunited with your bags as quickly as possible.  

Because external baggage tags can sometimes be damaged or detached, we strongly encourage you to also place a tag with similar information inside your bag to facilitate identification.  

For your convenience, we’ve created a baggage ID template that you can download, print and place inside your baggage.

Baggage ID card to download and print: Baggage ID card pdf icon (53kb)

Note: The paper baggage ID is not intended to replace the external baggage name tags that should always be used.

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