What You Can Bring on a Charter Flight

Packing for a charterIt’s an understatement to say flying privately is more convenient than flying commercially. No waiting in long lines at security, no scheduling problems, no hours of waiting at the airport and you can bring pretty much anything you want on the plane with you.  The emphasis here is “pretty much”, although, the list is still substantially larger than what you can bring on a commercial aircraft. Charter clients regularly ask what they are allowed to bring onto the aircraft and here we have listed the most common items:

  1. Yes, you can also put pets on a commercial aircraft, but they have to go down in that stuffy luggage compartment.  If they are not sedated (read this article here about why sedating your animal for travel is a bad idea), they are scared out of their mind… and it’s really not the best experience for an animal. On a charter aircraft they get to ride right next to you.  They have you to comfort them through the strange experience of traveling 40,000 ft into the sky.
  2. Sports equipment. Yes! You can charter an aircraft and bring your mountain bike, golf clubs, skis, or any other abnormally large piece of equipment that wouldn’t fit in an overhead bin. No shipping it, no trucking it through the airport and no renting a subpar replacement once you get to your destination. You get to bring your own.
  3. This is a good one, right? Because when you fly commercially there’s always that underlying question “did I pack all the right size liquids?” and then you have to sort through your luggage on the spot and put the liquids in a Ziploc bag. Flying privately means you don’t have to throw out your favorite face cream or water bottle before you get on the aircraft.

So the question remains what is NOT allowed on a charter aircraft…. Well, you can bring anything and everything that’s LEGAL and will fit in the aircraft, which, depending on what aircraft you charter could be quite a bit of space.  I have to state the obvious here because there are regulations for some items brought onto an aircraft (remember those Galaxy Note 7 phones) and if you are unsure, then clarify with your charter provider.