Due to the cargo hold capacity limitations of the 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.
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
Passengers ticketed and connecting from Virgin Atlantic to LIAT are permitted two (2) checked bags in Premium Economy. Each bag MUST NOT exceed 50lbs/23kgs. Passengers confirmed in Upper Class are allowed three (3) bags each way, which MUST NOT exceed 70lbs/32kgs. LIAT will honour Virgin Atlantic's baggage allowances ONLY for passengers who are through ticketed on both carriers on a single ticket/reservation on either airline's ticket stock.
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.
Passengers ticketed and connecting from British Airways to LIAT are permitted the following baggage allwance:
LIAT will honour British Airways baggage allowances, based on the fare paid, ONLY for passengers who are through ticketed on both carriers on a single ticket/reservation on either airline's ticket stock.
Passengers connecting from British Airways to LIAT in Barbados and Antigua will have their luggage transferred directly onto LIAT. On return journeys, all passengers are required to collect their bags and re-check at the British Airways counter. At all other locations, passengers making LIAT connections from BA and BA connections from LIAT are required to collect their bags and recheck- there is no transfer of baggage offered in these markets at this time.
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.
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.
Revised 14 Sep 2015
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
Note 1: The following additional items may be carried free of charge:
The car seat must bear two (2) labels usually located on the side or the underside of the car seat.
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.
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:
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
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 (53kb)
Note: The paper baggage ID is not intended to replace the external baggage name tags that should always be used.
The following items shall NOT be carried:
The following items MAY be carried in Carry-on luggage but NOT in Checked Baggage: