Swift Air allows alcohol to be carried in checked luggage under the following conditions:
- Alcoholic beverage must be in the original container with the manufacturer’s label.
- Wine in checked baggage must be securely packaged in a leak-proof bag with a Styrofoam cushioning and a sturdy cardboard outer package to prevent spillage.
- Alcohol content may not exceed 70% by volume (140 proof).
- As mandated by Federal Aviation Regulations, only alcohol served by Swift Air Flight Attendants may be consumed onboard our aircraft.
Transporting of live animals in the aircraft cabin or cargo compartment including pets and fully trained assistance animals requires prior approval from Swift Air.
Any Alkaline, NiCad, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Silver Oxide and Carbon Zinc batteries similar to those used in flashlights or commonly used electronic devices are allowed onboard the aircraft.
These items must be securely installed in equipment or have exposed terminals protected in a manner to prevent short circuit. Electrical tape, individually bagging batteries in sealable plastic bags, or plastic covers designed to protect the terminals from short circuit would all meet this requirement.
Wet cell batteries (like most car or motorcycle batteries) are not allowed in checked or carryon baggage.
The only exception is for a Customer’s wheelchair or assistive device. If your wheelchair/assistive device is powered by a spillable wet cell battery, the battery will be removed from the wheelchair and transported in a special battery box. To allow for proper handling, please arrive at the gate one hour prior to departure and notify the Customer Service Agent on duty that the battery is a wet cell spillable battery.
Equipment containing nonspillable wet cell batteries (gel cell or absorbent glass mat) can be carried as cargo (Shippers must meet all applicable security requirements). The equipment with the battery installed must be protected from short circuit and securely packaged. The package must be marked “Nonspillable” or “Nonspillable Battery.”
If you are traveling with a wheelchair or other assistive device that has a nonspillable battery, it is important to note that the battery will be disconnected at the quick disconnect, securely attached to the wheelchair/assistive device during transport, and reattached upon arrival at the destination.
Cameras and Film
- The screening equipment that inspects your checked luggage may damage undeveloped film in camera equipment. We recommend that you put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carryon baggage. The screening equipment will not damage camera images.
- Camcorders are allowed in or as carryon baggage. If carried separately from the one allowable carryon baggage, the camcorder will be counted as your one personal item.
- Media cameras are exempt from the sizing box restriction imposed on other carryon luggage, and, if carried onboard, must be stowed in accordance with FAA safety regulations. If the camera is to be secured in a seat, however, a ticket must be purchased for that seat.
- Camera, film, video, lighting, and sound equipment will be accepted when presented by a representative of a network or local television broadcasting company or a commercial filmmaking company.
- Swift Air will allow brand new equipment (only in manufacturer’s box) to be transported. Any evidence of fuel or use of the equipment will result in refusal to transport the equipment.
- Swift Air does not transport fuel or compressed gas, or any other hazardous materials.
- Camping equipment that is operated by compressed gas (e.g., butane cylinders) will be conditionally accepted (Swift Air accepts no liability for damage). Fuel cylinders are not allowed and must be removed prior to offering your baggage.
- Knives, axes, and other cutting instruments must have the blades protected and stowed in checked baggage only.
All camping equipment will be conditionally accepted, which means that Swift Air accepts no liability for damage sustained during transport
Engines and Air Compressors
- Electric Air Compressors/Gasoline Powered Compressors: Electric air compressors are allowed as checked baggage if the air tank is verifiably empty. The unit must be transported with the air tank in the open position and the gauge must register no pressure in the tank. Gasoline powered compressors are not allowed.
- Internal Combustion Engines: Swift Air does not allow new or used internal combustion engines as checked or carryon baggage. This restriction includes lawn equipment, engine-powered scooters, and any other fuel-operated combustion engine.
- Flammable Liquids: Flammable liquids associated with internal combustion engines (i.e., gasoline, kerosene, and/or diesel fuel) are all regulated hazardous materials and cannot be carried in checked or carryon baggage. This applies to engines, engine components associated with these fuels, and fuel containers that have been in contact with these fuels.
- Motor Oil and Fluids: While they are not regulated as hazardous materials, items such as motor oil, hydraulic fluids, brake fluid, and transmission fluid are not allowed in checked or carryon baggage due to the damage they can cause if spilled.
Guns and Ammunition
- Customers are responsible for knowing and following the firearms laws of the state(s) that they will be traveling to, from, and through.
- Our Customers must declare the gun to the Customer Service Agent, or, in the event that a Customer Service Agent is not present or available, to the flight crew, and prove that the firearm(s) chambers are free of ammunition and the magazine clip has been removed (when applicable). Paintball guns and BB guns are considered the same as all other firearms.
- Paintball guns are allowed in checked baggage and are not subject to the container requirements of firearms. Customers must declare the paintball gun to the Customer Service Agent. Unpressurized compressed gas cylinders are allowed in checked baggage or as a carryon only if the regulator valve is completely disconnected from the cylinder and the cylinder is no longer sealed (i.e. the cylinder has an open end). TSA Security Screeners must visibly ensure that the cylinder is completely empty and that there are no prohibited items inside.
- Firearms must be encased in a hard-sided, LOCKED container that is of sufficient strength to withstand normal handling, as follows:
- A firearm in a hard-sided, locked container may be placed inside a soft-sided, unlocked suitcase.
- A firearm placed inside a hard-sided, locked suitcase does not have to be encased in a container manufactured for the transportation of firearms.
- Only the Customer checking the luggage should retain the key or combination to the lock. No exceptions will be made.
- Firearms may be checked and we allow multiple firearms to be transported inside one hard-sided case.
- Swift Air assumes no liability for the misalignment of sights on firearms, including those equipped with telescopic sights.
- Firearms are never allowed in carryon luggage.
- Small arms ammunition for personal use (provided it is properly packed) is permissible in checked baggage only.
- The ammunition may be placed in the same container as the firearm and must be securely packed in cardboard (fiber), wood, or metal boxes, or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
- Magazines or clips containing ammunition must be securely packaged (placed in another small box or in a secure cutout in the carrying case, in order to protect the primer of the ammunition).
- Make sure guns are unloaded and definitely never transport a gun in your carryon baggage!
- Gunpowder (black powder) and primers or percussion caps are not allowed in checked or carryon baggage.
- Loose ammunition or loose loaded magazines and/or clips are not allowed.
- Paintballs must be packaged in a leak-proof container and will be conditionally accepted.
Swift Air will not accept human remains as checked baggage; however, a Customer may take cremated remains onboard as a carryon item under certain conditions. Please see the TSA’s web site for specific instructions on transporting cremated remains as a carry-on item.
If a Customer or funeral/cremation facility chooses to transport cremated remains via Swift Air, a 48-hour advance notice is required. Prearranged and detailed communication between Swift Air and the crematorium are mandatory per federal security directives, and again, we recommend that cremated remains be presented for transport in a temporary plastic or cardboard container.
Medications and Medical Oxygen
Swift Air is not equipped to transport or provide medical oxygen or other hazardous materials and/or contained gas, either in the passenger cabin or as cargo or baggage. Any Customer who requires a constant supply of compressed or liquid medical oxygen cannot travel on Swift Air. If there is a question as to a Customer’s ability to travel the duration of a flight without the use of medical oxygen, we may request documentation from a licensed physician to verify that the Customer can complete the flight safely and without the use of medical oxygen.
Liquid oxygen cannot be carried onboard our aircraft. If a liquid oxygen unit is empty (and contains a gauge or color indicator verifying the unit is empty), then the unit can be transported, as long as the valve remains open.
- In the event you are traveling with a musical instrument that is larger than our sizing requirements for carryon luggage and is fragile in nature, you may designate a seat for the instrument and carry it in the cabin under the following conditions:
- The instrument must fit in the seat without blocking aircraft signage and be secured with a seatbelt.
- The instrument must be placed in a row of seats aft of a bulkhead or divider.
- Instruments that are transported in a soft-sided case or other packaging that is not strong enough to protect the instrument under normal baggage handling conditions will be conditionally accepted, which means that Swift Air assumes no liability for any damage sustained to the item during transport.
Seafood and Other Perishable Items
Seafood (including fresh seafood, shrimp, fish of all kinds, live lobsters, live crabs, and live crawfish), meat, fowl, game, and other perishable foods must be suitably packed in leak-proof containers. Styrofoam® or other plastic foam containers are not acceptable for frozen food or other items that may leak during transit.
- Items must be wrapped in heavy plastic, and bags must be securely sealed to prevent leakage (except when used for live seafood shipments where air flow is required).
- Styrofoam® (or other plastic foam) inserts should be used between the plastic bag and the inner wall of the carton.
- If the items require refrigeration, they should be packed with a self-contained refrigerant.
- These items are subject to inspection by a Swift Air Employee and will be conditionally accepted. (Swift Air assumes no liability for damage sustained during transport.)
Refrigerants: Shipments packed in wet ice will not be accepted unless the ice is contained in sealed polyethylene bags (Ziploc® bags). Frozen gels or dry ice/carbon dioxide are the preferred refrigerants. Dry ice/carbon dioxide may be used as a refrigerant for perishables under the following limitations:
- Dry ice/carbon dioxide may not weigh more than five pounds in checked baggage or four pounds in carryon baggage.
- The package must be designed to permit the release of carbon dioxide gas to prevent buildup of pressure.
- The outside of the container must be marked “dry ice” or “carbon dioxide solid.” The net weight of the dry ice and the contents of the package must also be shown.
The following items may be checked at no charge (unless a charge is specified), and will count toward the three piece free baggage allowance for each fare-paying passenger:
- Tennis racquets should be properly protected to prevent damage. If a racquet is not properly covered, it will be conditionally accepted. Swift Air assumes no liability for damage sustained during transport.
- Skateboards are allowed as carryons. If the skateboard fits under the seat, it does not need to be in a bag or covered, but it does have to be stowed with the wheels up so that it doesn’t roll. If stowed in an overhead bin, a skateboard must be stowed with the wheels up and needs to be in a bag or have the wheels covered (trash bag is acceptable) so as not to damage other articles.
- Golf clubs in a hooded or soft-sided golf bag are conditionally accepted. Golf clubs that are transported in a hard, plastic travel case should be tagged with a regular tag. Golf equipment includes golf clubs, golf balls, and golf shoes, contained in one bag.
- Bowling balls may be accepted as checked or carryon baggage in an appropriate bowling bag with a metal frame specifically designed for transporting bowling balls. Any bowling ball that is not packed in an appropriate bowling ball bag will be conditionally accepted. Bowling balls carried onboard must be stowed underneath the seat only.
- SCUBA equipment is conditionally accepted as checked baggage provided the SCUBA tank is verifiably empty and the valves are removed at the time of acceptance. SCUBA equipment includes masks, flippers, and a tank.
- Fishing rods and tackle boxes will be accepted as checked or carryon baggage provided the carryon rod fits securely in the overhead bin when enclosed in a cylindrical fishing rod container. When checking rods, containers may measure three inches in diameter and 72 inches in length. Fishing equipment includes a fishing rod and a fishing tackle box.
- Archery equipment is conditionally accepted only as checked baggage provided the bow and arrows are in a suitable case or container. Average size targets are also acceptable. Archery equipment includes bow, arrows, and average size target.
- Knives, dress sabers and swords are allowed in checked baggage only.
- Snow or water skis are accepted when enclosed in a suitable container and will be conditionally accepted unless they are being transported in a hard, plastic case or standard ski bag. Parachutes are allowed in checked or carryon baggage, but may not be worn in flight.
- Hockey and Lacrosse sticks will be accepted as checked baggage but will count toward the sporting goods free allowance.
- Surfboards will be transported as checked baggage. Keels and fins must be removed and placed in carryon or checked baggage.
- Boogieboards may be checked as baggage.
- Windsurfing/sail boards may be transported as checked baggage. They must be transported with keel removed and placed in checked baggage to prevent damage to the sail, boom, and other baggage.
- Vaulting poles may be transported as checked baggage. Rigid covers or containers cannot be used to transport them.
- Non-motorized Bicycles, including Bike Friday and Co-Pilot, will be accepted as checked baggage. (Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). The handlebars, kickstand, and pedals must be removed and placed inside the box.
- Life rafts may be transported. If the life raft meets the carryon sizing criteria it may be carried onboard, but will count as a carryon bag. Cartridges associated with a self-inflating life raft must be removed and are not allowed on Swift Air.
Self-inflating life vests with two small gas cylinders (cartridges) and two small spare cylinders are allowed in checked baggage