Baggage

How do I pre-book sporting equipment such as golf clubs or a bicycle or musical instruments?

You can pre-book golf clubs, skis and boots, snowboards and bicycles etc by calling our customer contact centre UK 0330 333 7998 International +44 330 333 7998. Alternatively you can pay at the airport on departure. Please note fees may apply and these items are carried subject to availability.

Extra luggage can be added via the ‘Manage My Booking' section of the website up to four hours in advance of travel.

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How much checked baggage can I take when travelling on an Executive fare?

When travelling Executive fare, as part of your free baggage allowance, you can check-in two pieces each weighing 23kgs.

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How much checked baggage can I take when travelling on an Sale/Classic/ClassicPlus ticket?

When travelling on a Sale, Classic, or ClassicPlus ticket, as part of your free baggage allowance, you can check-in one piece up to a total weight of 23kgs.

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I am taking checked baggage. Can I still check-in online?

Yes you can use the bag drop facility. Simply go to the flybmi check-in desk at the airport, show them your boarding card, and check in your bag.

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Items not recommended for checked baggage

Dangerous Goods

To ensure the safety of the aircraft, and all those on board, passengers checked-in or hand baggage must not contain articles or substances that could pose a danger (some exemptions apply), these include:

  • Explosives – ammunitions, fireworks, flares etc.
  • Compressed gases (flammable, non-flammable, deeply refrigerated and poisonous) such as camping gas and aerosols
  • Flammable liquids such as lighter fuels, paints and thinner
  • Flammable solids such as matches and articles which are easily ignited such as firelighters
  • Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  • Substances which on contact with water emit flammable gases
  • Oxidising substances (such as bleaching powder and peroxides)
  • Poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances such insecticides, weed killers and live virus materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Corrosives such as mercury (which may be contained in thermometers) acids, alkalis and wet cell batteries
  • Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are prohibited on the person, in checked and carry-on baggage
  • Briefcases and security type attaché cases with installed alarm devices; or incorporative lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material except as provided for in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • Personal medical oxygen devices that utilise liquid oxygen are prohibited
  • Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc.
  • Magnetised materials and miscellaneous dangerous goods as listed in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

Some dangerous goods items may be carried in the aircraft cabin but are not acceptable in hold baggage:-

  • Cigarette lighters (on the person only, not in hand baggage – these should require two independent actions by the user to activate ignition.)
  • Matches (on the person only not in hand baggage)

Note – Strike anywhere matches and “Blue flame” or “Cigar” lighters are forbidden on all air transport.

  • Power banks/spare batteries (acceptable in hand baggage but must be protected against short circuit*)
  • E-cigarettes (acceptable in cabin baggage)

*Batteries can short circuit and catch fire if they are carried loose in your bag. They must be protected against contact with other metal items (e.g.by being in their original packaging or own protective case/cover) and carried in your hand baggage. Equipment containing correctly installed batteries can be packed in your checked baggage

These limitations are shown in the following poster which has a summary of this information:-

Medicines and toiletries

You may take non-radioactive medicinal items or toiletries (including aerosols) like hairsprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol, in limited quantities in your checked and hand baggage:

  • Single articles must not weigh more than 0.5kg or 0.5 litres (1.1lb or 1pt).
  • Combined articles must not weight more than 2.0 kg or 2.0 litres (4.4lbs or 2.0qt)
  • Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents

Some of the quantities stated above are further restricted by current security restrictions, if these items are carried as hand baggage.

Miscellaneous items

You must be aware that items such as the following need to be approved by us at least 48hrs in advance prior to carriage. Failure to seek prior approval may result in the item not being permitted for travel.

It is also important to note that customers with onward connections on other airlines must obtain a separate approval for their item from the other airlines involved.

  • Ammunition
  • Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice)
  • Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with non-spillable wet batteries or with batteries which comply with Special Provision A123 or A199
  • Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with spillable batteries or with lithium batteries
  • Battery-powered mobility aids with lithium ion batteries (collapsible)
  • Heat producing articles
  • Mercury barometer or thermometer
  • Lithium battery – powered electronic devices
  • Small non-flammable gas cartridges
  • Oxygen or air, gaseous, cylinders
  • Spare Lithium batteries
  • Portable medical electronic devices (Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizer, Oxygen Concentrators (POC), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines (CPAP) containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries
  • Avalanche rescue backpack
  • Chemical agent monitoring equipment
  • Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel
  • Security-type equipment containing lithium batteries

Certain items of dangerous goods are specifically prohibited from being in the hold (checked-in baggage)

e.g. Mercury barometer or thermometer when carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency, Spare lithium batteries and all spare batteries, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries. These items must be removed when your cabin baggage cannot be accommodated in the cabin due to limitations on stowage space on our Embraer aircraft.

If there is any doubt as to the whether your item is permitted to be carried on a flybmi flight then advice and approval for carriage must be sought. – Please call our contact centre on 0844 4172 600.

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Do you carry bicycles?

flybmi do carry bicycles. To check in your bike, it should be properly packed into a box. You should follow these guidelines before checking them in:

  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways in line with the crossbar
  • Pedals must be turned inwards or removed
  • Front wheel must be removed and fixed to rear wheel
  • Tyres do not have to be deflated for carriage.

Please note fees may apply and these items are carried subject to availability.

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What are the hand baggage rules with flybmi?

Each customer flying on a Sale, Classic, or ClassicPlus Fare can bring one main piece of hand baggage onboard weighing up to 12kg, plus one personal item (such as a small handbag, purse, small briefcase, laptop bag, baby-changing bag, etc). Personal items are accepted at flybmi’s discretion. Hand baggage must have a maximum length of 55cm, width of 40cm and depth of 23cm. These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc.

Each customer flying on an Executive Fare can bring two main piece of hand baggage onboard weighing up to 12kg, plus one personal item (such as a small handbag, purse, small briefcase, laptop bag, baby-changing bag, etc). Personal items are accepted at flybmi’s discretion. Hand baggage must have a maximum length of 55cm, width of 40cm and depth of 23cm. These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc.

Larger pieces of hand baggage will have DAA tags ('Deliver At Aircraft side') attached to them at check-in or the gate. This tag is used for items that don’t fit in the overhead locker. These items are placed in the hold and passengers are then able to collect those items at the aircraft side on arrival.

Please note that the at East Midlands Airport, the baggage will be returned to you in the baggage reclaim area.


Prohibited Hand Luggage Items

Chemical and Toxic Substances

Any chemical or toxic substance which poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew or the security/safety of aircraft or property, including, but not limited to:

  • acids and alkalis (e.g. spillable ‘wet’ batteries)
  • corrosive or bleaching substances (e.g. mercury, chlorine)
  • disabling or incapacitating sprays (e.g. mace, pepper/acid spray, tear gas, capsicum and acid sprays, animal repellent sprays)
  • radioactive material (medicinal or commercial isotopes)
  • poisons
  • infectious or biological hazardous material (e.g. infected blood, bacteria and viruses)
  • material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • fire extinguishers

Guns, firearms and weapons

Any object capable, or appearing capable, of discharging a projectile or causing injury, including, but not limited to:

  • all firearms (pistols, revolvers, rifles, air rifles, shotguns etc.)
  • replica and imitation firearms
  • component parts of firearms (excluding telescopic sighting devices and sights)
  • compressed air and CO2 pistols/rifles
  • pellet guns
  • signal flare pistols
  • starter pistols
  • toy guns of all types
  • ball bearing guns
  • industrial bolt and nail guns
  • bows, crossbows and arrows
  • slingshots and catapults
  • harpoon and spear guns
  • animal stunners and animal humane killers
  • stun or shocking devices (e.g. cattle prods, ballistics conducted energy weapons, tasers)
  • lighters shaped like firearms

Blunt Instruments

Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including but not limited to:

  • baseball and softball bats
  • clubs or batons – rigid or flexible (e.g. billy clubs, blackjacks, nightsticks and batons)
  • cricket bats
  • golf clubs
  • hockey sticks
  • lacrosse sticks
  • kayak and canoe paddles
  • skateboards
  • martial arts equipment (e.g. knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, nunchucks, kubatons and kubasaunts)

Explosives and Flammable Substances

Any explosive or highly combustible substance which poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew or the security/safety of aircraft or property, including, but not limited to:

  • ammunition
  • blasting caps
  • detonators and fuses
  • explosives and explosive devices
  • replica or imitation explosive material or devices
  • mines and other explosive military stores
  • grenades of all types
  • gas and gas containers (e.g. butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen – in large volume)
  • fireworks, flares in any form and other pyrotechnics (including party poppers and toy caps)
  • non-safety matches
  • smoke generating canisters or cartridges
  • flammable liquid fuel (e.g. petrol/gasoline, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol)
  • aerosol spray paint
  • turpentine and paint thinner
  • alcoholic beverages exceeding 70% by volume (140% proof)
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives

Pointed/Edged Weapons and Sharp Objects

Pointed or bladed articles capable of causing injury, including, but not limited to:

  • axes, hatchets and cleavers
  • arrows and darts
  • box cutters
  • crampons
  • corkscrews
  • harpoons and spears
  • household cutlery
  • hypodermic syringes (unless for a proven medical purpose – documentation from a doctor required)
  • ice axes and ice picks
  • ice skates
  • lockable or flick knives with blades of any length
  • knives, including ceremonial knives, with blades of more than 6 cm, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a potential weapon
  • martial arts equipment (e.g. swords or throwing stars)
  • meat cleavers
  • machetes
  • open razors and blades (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridge)
  • sabres, swords and swordsticks
  • scalpels
  • scissors with blades more than 6 cm in length (as measured from the fulcrum)
  • ski and walking/hiking poles
  • tradesman’s tools that have a blade or shaft of more than 6 cm, and have the potential to be used as a pointed or edged weapon (e.g. drills and drill bits including cordless portable power drills, box cutters, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches/spanners, blow torches, bolt and/or nail guns)

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Do you carry firearms?

Firearms can be carried free of charge if weight is within the baggage allowance permitted (23kg Sale, Classic, and ClassicPlus and 40kg for Executive fares). Anything weighing over the permitted baggage allowance will be charged at a flat rate of £50 (or local currency equivalent) per passenger per sector.

Customers will be required to have the relevant documentation when carrying firearms.

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What is the fee if I have sports or musical equipment that I wish to bring?

Passengers travelling on an Executive fare can take a piece of sporting equipment or other exceptional items of baggage as part of their baggage allowance as long as it is within the total combined allowance of 46kg.

If the sports or musical equipment weighs over 23kg, a fixed £50/€57 fee applies and can be booked online or via the call centre/travel agent for a set fee or at airports for £100/€114 each way per sector fee applies on all Sale, Classic and ClassicPlus fares.

Sporting or musical equipment can be added via the Manage My Booking section of the website up to four hours in advance of travel. Please note fees may apply and these items are carried subject to availability.

The following are examples of some of the most popular items that are classed as sporting equipment*:

  • Golf – one pair of golf shoes & one golf bag with clubs
  • Skiing/ Snowboarding – one pair of skis/poles/boots or snowboard and boots
  • Bicycles
  • Fishing – one tackle box, rucksack, backpack, anglers basket, one rod bag or box
  • Surfboards/ Sailboards/ Water Skis
  • Canoes

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What are the excess baggage rules?

All passengers travelling on a flybmi Sale, Classic or ClassicPlus fares are entitled to check in one item of baggage weighing up to 23kg as well as one item of hand baggage (see above).

If you are travelling on an Executive fare, you can check in up to two bags, with a maximum combined weight of 46kg and carry two pieces of hand baggage to the airport (see above).

Passengers can pay for excess baggage at the departing airport or alternatively you can pay via our Customer Contact Centre:

Customer Contact Centre details

Tel (UK Callers): 0330 333 7998 (Calls to this number are free of charge)

Tel (International Callers): +44 330 333 7998

Telephone lines are open:

  • Monday to Friday: 06:30 – 20:00
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: 09:30-13:00, closed between 13:00-13:30, and then open from 13:30-17:30

Opening hours during bank holidays may vary.

Email address: custome[email protected]

Extra luggage can be added via the Manage My Booking section of the website up to four hours in advance of travel for a small fee of £50/€57 (non refundable) for each additional bag weighing 23kg.

Additional bags can be booked via the call centre/travel agent for a set fee or at airports for £100/€114 each way, and sports equipment for £50/€57 online and £100/€114 each way and non refundable.

Please note excess baggage is charged at a rate of £10/€15 per kilo or local currency equivalent and is non refundable. These items are carried subject to availability.

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I've lost my bags – how do I find my missing baggage?

flybmi look after your baggage while it’s in our care. However, on rare occasions your bag can be lost or delayed.

Firstly, if you have lost or misplaced your bag or belongings in the airport terminal, please contact the airport for assistance.

If your luggage has not appeared on the baggage carousel, and it’s now missing, we’ll do everything we can to help.

Here’s what to do if your bag is delayed or lost:

  • If you find that your baggage is damaged or has not arrived at the baggage arrivals, please contact a flybmi representative immediately. Details of your baggage will be taken and assistance offered.
  • If your baggage is delayed, you will be given a ten-character WorldTracer file reference number. We will start to trace your bags and when found we will contact you and arrange a convenient time for delivery.
  • If you wish to speak to a baggage handling agent, please telephone the number given to you at the time your baggage was reported missing.

Contact us: customer care

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What is the baggage allowance for infants?

Infants have an allowance of one piece of free checked baggage up to 10kg, plus one fully collapsible stroller. Infants do not have a hand baggage allowance.

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