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Special baggage





To provide a better service for our Passengers, we allow some special items to be taken on board the aircraft that are to be used by the passenger during the trip. The following items are considered part of the free baggage allowance and can be transported as such:








Note: TACA reserves the right to refuse to transport this baggage if the passenger does not want to sign the Limited Liability form. The customer will be warned that due to the nature of the baggage or the type of item they want to transport, it cannot be transported as baggage on the aircraft and must be sent as cargo.








Baby items

This seat can accommodate a baby seat, only if the passenger has paid for the seat. A collapsible baby stroller can go in the cabin if there is space for its storage, if there is no space, it will be accepted as checked baggage and must be protected in a plastic bag. You can not use a baby carrier during takeoff and landing.

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Orthopedic devices

Allowed the following items: wheelchairs, gurneys, walkers and crutches.



     
  • Wheelchair in use: A wheelchair being used (out of its box, being used by the passenger) may be taken in addition to the 2 pieces of their free baggage allowance.
  • Wheelchair as baggage: A wheelchair that is not being used, but is required by the traveler at the destination city, can be taken in addition to the 2 pieces of their free baggage allowance, but it will be subject to weight and size limitations, as is any normal piece of luggage.
  • If a passenger is traveling with 2 wheelchairs, they can take can take them in addition to their 2 pieces of free baggage allowance.

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Poorly packaged baggage

This type of baggage is permitted provided the traveler signs a waiver form and accepts the Airline's limited liability.





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Cremated remains

Anyone traveling with human ashes must take the cremation certificate and the original death certificate with them. The urn must have been hermetically sealed by the funeral home. The urn must go through the X-ray at the check-in controls (urns are only allowed in the cabin if security can verify the contents). The urn must have been hermetically sealed by the funeral home. Only wooden, plastic or marble urns are accepted in the cabin.



Note:Urns are accepted as part of the free baggage allowance, not as additional pieces of baggage.

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Musical Instruments

These can be checked in the hold or be carried as hand luggage, or you can occupy a seat. Only one musical instrument is permitted per passenger and luggage.

No extra charge for musical instruments that meet the following requirements apply:



     
  • Maximum weight: 22lbs/10kg
  • Maximum outer dimensions: 45plgs/114.3cm (length + height + width).

Musical instrument occupying seat:

You must pay an additional adult fare in your own cabin. Remember that you are entitled to 2 additional items in your checked baggage. To transport your instrument in a seat in your cabin, you must meet the following requirements:






     
  • Maximum weight: 165.3lbs/75kg.
  • Maximum height: 80inches/203.2cm.

The musical instrument must be secured in the seat with a seat belt, otherwise it must travel with the other luggage.

Musical instrument as checked baggage:

Musical instruments are only accepted in cases to ensure they are protected when being handled. Musical instruments in damaged packaging or packaging that does not resist handling will not be accepted.

The instrument can count as one of the pieces allowed in your baggage allowance, if it meets the weight and size restrictions (see baggage policy). In addition, the packaging must ensure protection of the instrument for its normal use. It can also be checked as an extra piece, in addition to the free baggage allowance, subject to space. If the passenger has excess baggage and checks a musical instrument as one of the free allowed pieces, it shall be subject to oversized and / or overweight charges.

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Sports equipment

The following items are considered part of the free baggage allowance and must travel as checked baggage in the hold, provided they comply with the weight and size requirements (230 cm/90 linear inches). If there is excess baggage it will be charged according to the rates for the route, and it will be labeled and handled as standby bagg (subject to space availability).





     
  • Golf equipment: consists of both the bag and golf clubs, these must be fully protected. The maximum permitted weight of the golf bag and contents is 50 lbs. (23 kg) and the sum of its three dimensions (height + length + width) must not exceed 230 cm (90 linear inches).
  • Fishing equipment: items considered as normal baggage.
  • Diving equipment: an empty tank, pressure gauge, a snorkel, a spear, a pair of fins, safety vest, a weight belt, regulator and a mask.
  • Bicycles: non-motorized touring or racing bicycle with a single seat, with folding handlebars and pedals removed, properly packaged.
  • Archery equipment: consists of a bow, arrows and maintenance equipment in a container that will protect items from damage.
  • Bowling equipment: items considered as normal baggage.
  • Kitesurfing equipment: includes board, kite, steering bar and harness, wakeboards.
  • Skiing equipment: 1 pair of skis, 2 poles, boots and shoes, snowboards.
  • Surf equipment: (Board) applies to boards of less than 12 feet and weighing less than 70lbs.
  • Hang Gliding equipment: A sail, a harness and the metal airframe structure that holds the sail.
  • Tennis rackets.
  • Balls without air.

In the event that excess baggage is generated, it will be charged according to the rates established for the route, will be labeled and handled as baggage Stand by bag (subject to space availability).

Additional charges

The following sports equipment incurs a transportation charge on international flights:



     
  • Surf boards*: you can check the first bag (paying the relevant fee) as part of your luggage and carry a maximum of three boards in one bag per passenger with a maximum weight of 70 pounds (32 kilos) and up to 12 feet (3.7 meters long).
  • Kite surfing equipment: includes board, kite, steering bar and harness, wakeboards
  • Hang gliders: You can check a hang glider of up to 70 lbs. (32 kilos) and 5 meters long as baggage. This equipment is only allowed on domestic flights within Colombia, except on flights operated by Fokker 50 aircraft.

* From September 1st, 2013 to March 30, 2014 on routes to or from Peru, the first bag with a maximum weight of 50 lbs. / 23 kg (maximum 3 boards of up to 12 feet) may be checked as part of the free baggage allowance, as long as it does not exceed the baggage conditions for the route you are traveling on. If you exceed the restrictions excess baggage charges apply.

Charges for surf and kite boards on flights operated in connection with TACA Regional:

     
  • A maximum of one board per passenger, which must be less than the 6.7 feet.
  • On flights operated by Cessna Caravan aircraft, the board must be transported out of its bag; for flights operated by ATR aircraft only one board per bag is permitted.
  • An amount of USD 30 must be paid at the domestic airport (depending on destination: Honduras, Costa Rica and / or Guatemala).

Charges for: Surfboards, kite surfers and hang gliders (hang gliders are only allowed on flights operated by Avianca):

     
  • Within Colombia and within Peru (except on international connections): the combination of one piece of equipment and one bag is permitted with a maximum weight of 50 pounds (23 kilos) without charge. If the weight limit is exceeded, excess baggage or extra piece charges apply as appropriate.
  • To and from North America: a charge of USD 125 applies, except from Miami to San Jose, C.R. or San Jose, C.R. to Miami where a fee of USD 100 applies.
  • To and from Brazil: a charge of USD 50 for the first bag applies; from the second bag on, there is an additional payment per piece up to 70 pounds (32 kilos) of USD 125.
  • For all other international destinations the charge will be USD 100.

Restrictions

     
  • High Intensity Underwater or Diving Lamps will only be accepted if the heat generating component or battery have been packed separately in order to prevent activation during transport. All removed batteries must be protected against short circuits.
  • Damaged packaging or packaging that does not resist handling will not be accepted.
  • Damaged sports equipment will not be accepted.
  • Sports equipment that measures more than 90 linear inches (230 cm) or weighing over 100 lbs / 45 kg may only be transported by the cargo department, subject to existing policies in that area.


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Food

It is important to note that the regulations to bring in food depend on each country. However, we note some considerations to take into account when making your trip:





     
  • You must not transport perishable foods, or unprocessed foods (fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, etc.).
  • If you are transporting food, we suggest you take small, properly packaged amounts within the free baggage allowance and do not take them as additional pieces subject to space as they could take up to nine days to arrive. up to four (4 )days if it is a domestic flight and eight (8) days if it is an international flight.
  • Some foods must be declared on customs forms at the time of your arrival, so you should check the forms to find out which foods are allowed. Otherwise you may be fined by the customs authorities (in the United States fines are up to USD 1,000).

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Firearms and ammunition

     
  • The transportation of firearms or weapons of any kind, is not permitted under any circumstance, either with passengers, or in the cabin of any aircraft.
  • Firearms and ammunition may only be transported in the aircraft hold, subject to compliance with the regulations.
  • On international flights the transportation of ammunition and sporting and/or collectible weapons is only allowed following prior agreement with the Airline(s).
  • On flights within Colombia laws require that all weapons and ammunition be declared in the National Police Office at Colombian airports.
  • The traveler must declare the firearm(s) at the National Police's Armerillo (designated site for the receipt of weapons and ammunition) at each airport.
  • If the gun does not reach its destination on the same flight as the passenger they can proceed with the compensation process if applicable.


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Electronic items

These items must either be transported by the passenger in their carry-on baggage (if and when they comply with cabin weight and size restrictions) under their sole custody and responsibility, or by a freight company. The airline's responsibility is limited unless a higher value has been declared.




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Works of art

Antiques and works of art must either be transported by the passenger in their carry-on baggage (if and when they comply with cabin weight and size restrictions) under their sole custody and responsibility, or by a freight company. The airline's responsibility is limited unless a higher value has been declared.




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