Battery-Powered Vehicles Prohibited
Small lithium battery-powered vehicles not permitted on First Air aircrafts
Please not that First Air cannot accept small lithium battery-powered vehicles in checked baggage, as carry-on items, or as cargo shipments due to numerous safety concerns associated with the batteries in these devices.
Examples of small lithium battery-powered vehicles include:
- Electric Bicycles
- Electric Skateboards/Scooters
- Balance Wheels
If you have any questions:
Consult the Dangerous Goods information below to view complete baggage information, or call the First Air Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-267-1247
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- Customers traveling on a turbo prop aircraft with a connection to/from a jet flight are allowed the baggage weight listed for a jet flight.
- Customers traveling with infants may check-in a car seat and a fully collapsible stroller at no additional charge.
If the ticket you are traveling on consists entirely of flights operated by First Air:
Our standard carry-on baggage rules apply.
If the ticket you are traveling on also includes flights operated by one or more of our partner airlines:
If the first flight on your ticket is operated by a First Air partner airline rather than First Air, the partner airline’s checked baggage guidelines, allowances and fees will apply for that flight and all other flights on your ticket. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the partner airline’s baggage policies, including their guidelines, allowances and fees:
If the first flight on your ticket is operated by First Air then First Air’s checked baggage guidelines, allowances and fees will apply for that flight and all other flights on your ticket.
Checked Baggage Tips
- Always make sure that each piece of baggage is clearly identified with your name, address and phone numbers. It is also a good idea to have this information inside your baggage as well. Ask for name tags at our counters.
- Keep all handles and straps secured or remove them if possible. They could get caught in the baggage belt and damage your baggage or someone else’s baggage.
- Keep your belongings in sight at all time, never leave your baggage unattended at the airport.
- Do not lock your baggage as it could be open for inspection.
- Keep in a safe place a list of the items in your baggage and their estimated value.
First Air is required to enforce carry-on baggage size restrictions, as per Transport Canada regulations. A cabin baggage size unit is available at check-in to ensure that your carry-on(s) fits in the allotted space. On board the aircraft, all carry-on baggage must be stowed under the seat or in the overhead compartments.
Total space per passenger:
- Jet – 10 inches by 18 inches by 22 inches (26 cm x 46 cm x 56 cm) Max weight 20lbs/10kg
- Turboprop ATR42 and ATR72– 9 inches by 16 inches by 18 inches (23 cm x 41 cm x 46 cm) Max weight 20lbs/10kg
Carry-ons for customers traveling on a jet with a connecting flight onto a turboprop aircraft are restricted to the turboprop measurements.
Transport Canada pre-boarding security scanning prohibits passengers from taking certain items on board an aircraft. Liquids and gels in amounts smaller than 100mL may be taken on board the aircraft, in carry-on baggage, provided they are placed in a clear and re-sealable plastic bag and the contents are in the original packing.
E-cigarettes are permitted on the aircraft provided they are packed in the passenger’s carry-on baggage and not in checked baggage. Use of e-cigarettes onboard the aircraft is strictly prohibited.
Other items are restricted on board an aircraft. For a detailed list of Transport Canada prohibited items (e.g. liquids, gels, etc.) in carry-on baggage please refer to the Permitted and Prohibited Items on CATSA website.
Carry-on Baggage Tips
Some items should always be kept on you or in your carry-on baggage:
- Identification such as driver’s license, health care card, etc.
- Car and house keys
- Valuable, fragile items such as jewellery, cameras, electronic devices
- Laptop computer
The following items must not be shipped as baggage as they are considered dangerous goods. As such, they must be shipped as cargo (subject to certain restrictions). Shipping these items as cargo ensures that these products are handled in a safe and proper manner.
- Radioactive material
- Compressed gases
- Sporting ammunition
- Oxidizing materials and organic products
- Infectious substances
- Flammable liquids and solids
Medicinal and toiletry articles can be carried on the person in small quantities.
Firearms and Ammunition
- Hunting rifles and shotguns are accepted with First Air, with the following conditions:
- Firearm is checked as baggage
- Firearm is unloaded at the time of check in
- Firearm is secure and trigger locked
- Firearm is in a hard sided, non see-through, locked case that cannot be easily broken into during transport
- Ammunition must be packed securely in the manufacturer’s original container and placed inside a suitcase cushioned with clothing
- Only shells or cartridges are acceptable types of ammunition. Gunpowder and gunpowder pellets are strictly prohibited
- You must complete and sign the Firearm Declaration, available at the check-in counter on the day of your travel
- If your firearm is in excess of your baggage allowance, additional baggage charges will apply.
- Registered firearms such as handguns require government documentation for transport
The carriage of a loaded weapon is a violation of Federal Government Regulations (ACT 103.12).
At times, despite our efforts, baggage may be delayed and may not arrive with you at your destination. Missing baggage must be reported to a Customer Service Agent upon your arrival at the airport. If we are unable to deliver the luggage to you within 24 hours, you may qualify for interim expenses. Receipts are required to claim any expenses.
In the unlikely event that the Customer Service Agents at the airport are not able to locate your delayed baggage within the first seven days, our Baggage Claims office will take over the search.
- The first step is to collect a complete list of your baggage contents via the Baggage Declaration Form. You may also request that our Baggage Claims Office send you one either by mail or fax.
- Your additional details in the Baggage Declaration are essential to increase our ability to locate your property. Please provide specific details such as colors, sizes, brand names, logos and unique identifying items such as book titles, gifts and souvenirs.
- Complete and return the form, along with all of the requested information, to Baggage Claims (see information below) within 21 days of the date of the loss so that we may begin the intensified search. Please keep a copy for your records.
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If your bag is damaged, please notify a Customer Service Agent before leaving the airport. Minor damage not noticed at the airport may be considered for repair if you return to the airport to report it within 24 hours of receiving your bag. Failure to report a claim for a damaged bag within the prescribed time limit releases First Air from any liability.
You must provide the airport baggage agent with your damaged bag, tickets and baggage tag. You may then choose to have First Air send the bag to an authorized repair centre, bring it to the authorized centre yourself or have the bag repaired at the repair shop of your choice by providing Baggage Claims with an estimate of the repair for approval prior to repair.
Despite the utmost care we provide in the handling of your baggage, we are not responsible for the following: nicks, scratches, missing pullstraps, damaged handles or pull handles, zipper damage, scuff marks, damage to wheels, soiling, manufacturing defects, damage resulting from over-packing, spillage of packed items or other damage considered to be normal wear and tear.
Regulations and Limitations of Liability
Limitation of Liability
Please note that, subject to the provisions of the Montreal Convention and the Warsaw Convention where applicable, First Air assumes no liability for the loss, damage, or delay in delivery of fragile or perishable articles, money, jewellery, silverware, negotiable papers, securities, or other valuables, spirits, business documents, samples, liquids, food and other perishables; computers; prescription drugs; photographic equipment, video equipment, cellular telephones, artistic items, chinaware/ceramics/pottery; electronic and mechanical items; glass; musical instruments and equipment, paper (includes photographs/negatives/prints/historical documents/maps), sporting goods (tennis rackets, scuba gear, fishing rods, surfboards, sporting trophies such as animal antlers and horns) which are included in the passenger’s checked baggage, with or without the knowledge of the carrier.
First Air’s liability, as outlined in the governing tariffs, for loss, delay or damage to baggage is limited unless a higher value is declared in advance and additional charges paid. For travel solely between points in Canada, the maximum liability limit is $750.00 CAD.
First Air is not liable for any consequential damages such as loss of enjoyment, loss of business, inconvenience, etc.
For more information, consult our passenger tariff.
Limited Tag Release (LRT)
As First Air will not assume responsibility for damages to the items stated above such as perishable, fragile or loose items, already damaged bags, actions packers, sporting equipments, etc, a Limited liability release tags (LRT) must be completed and signed by the passenger for all special items upon check-in.