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baggage policies


Per TSA regulations, all customers traveling on AirTran Airways will be restricted to one bag plus one small, personal item. The carry-on bag must be stowed under the seat in front of the passenger or in an approved overhead bin. Garment bags and small musical instruments are considered one of the allotted carry-on pieces.

Personal-type items include purses, briefcases, cameras, food containers, or laptops (case included). Pet carriers are considered either a personal item or a carry-on item.

The following items are not considered carry-on bags or personal-type items and are not counted against the "one-bag plus one personal-type item" limit:

  • A child restraint device for a ticketed child with a reserved seat or when complimentary, available space exists.
  • Assistive/mobility devices for individuals with a disability. There is no limit to the number of assistive/mobility devices a customer can bring onboard the aircraft.
  • Outer garments or other wearable articles of clothing.
  • Food for consumption during flight contained in disposable packaging.
  • Walking canes or umbrellas.

The suitability of carry-on baggage will be determined by AirTran Airways.


AirTran Airways limits carry-on bag dimensions to 24” long x 16” wide x 10” tall. If the bag exceeds these dimensions, it is considered too large to be a carry-on item and must be checked. All carry-on items must fit under the seat or in the overhead bin. Any heavy item must be placed underneath the customer’s seat. Any item with inflexible surfaces must be placed underneath the customer’s seat or flat on the floor of an overhead bin.

AirTran Airways currently prohibits self-defense sprays on any flight regardless if it is checked or carried on. Please see the TSA’s web site for a list of other prohibited carry-on items.

Lost and Found

If you’ve left an item onboard the plane, please notify an AirTran Airways or Southwest Airlines Customer Service Agent before leaving the airport so he or she can try to retrieve your item. If you have left the airport, you will need to fill out a lost item report. We will make every effort to locate your item and return it to you. You will be contacted via email and/or phone within 30 days if we are able to locate your item.

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Checked Baggage

AirTran Airways recommends that passengers arrive at the airport 90 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of their flight.

  • Baggage checked less than 45 minutes prior to departure in larger airports, or 30 minutes in smaller airports will be marked for Voluntary Separation. Although every effort will be made to get your Voluntary Separated bag on your flight, in the event your baggage does not arrive with you at your destination, AirTran Airways will not assume delivery charges to get your baggage to you.
  • For international flights, passengers and their baggage must be checked 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
  • Baggage may be checked no more than 4 hours prior to departure time.

For specific baggage check times at each airport, please see our Contract of Carriage (Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view this PDF file).

Baggage Allowances

Get full details of our baggage allowances and restrictions in the sections below, or review our Baggage Allowance Chart for an overview.

First Checked Bag

For all coach class reservations, the charge for a first checked bag is $25 with size and weight limitations.

We make an exception to our checked baggage allowance policy for members of the military who are traveling on active duty orders. As long as each piece of baggage does not exceed 100 pounds in weight and 80 inches in size (length + width + height), baggage will be exempt from AirTran’s baggage limit, and will NOT be subject to excess, oversized, or overweight baggage charges.

Any customer who requires use of a wheelchair may have it checked as baggage at no charge, and it will not be considered part of the passenger’s baggage count when assessing other baggage fees.

Second Checked Bag

For all coach class reservations, the charge for a second checked bag is $35.

Excess Baggage

The excess baggage charge, for other than sporting equipment, will be $75 for each piece. Additional charges are applicable for bags exceeding the weight and size limits.

Some sporting equipment fees are assessed separately. Please visit our Sporting Equipment page for details.

Overweight Baggage

Items from 51 to 100 pounds will be accepted for a charge of $75 per item.


Oversize Baggage

Oversize baggage rates are based on overall dimensions (length + width + height): items in excess of 62 inches but not more than 80 inches will be accepted for a charge of $75 per item.

When checking oversize items, please arrive at the airport no later than 90 minutes prior to departure time to allow enough time for your baggage to be screened before proceeding through security.

TSA Screening

Checked baggage will be screened and is subject to physical inspection as mandated by the TSA. Customers may be required to present identification. Regulations require name identification on the outside. We recommend placing identification on the inside of the baggage, too. Name labels are available at AirTran Airways ticket counters. Once you’ve checked your luggage, make sure you receive a separate claim check for each piece of baggage you’ve checked. Check to make sure that the city shown on the claim check(s) matches your final destination. For more information, visit the TSA’s website at www.tsatraveltips.us.

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Sporting Equipment Policy

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