Aliyah Flight: Luggage Guidelines

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The following article is strictly a guide and subject to change for Aliyah flight departing from North America. Luggage allowances vary between flight options and carriers. Please verify the exact luggage allowance when booking your Aliyah flight. EL AL flights not booked via Nefesh B’Nefesh’s booking process are not eligible for Aliyah luggage allowance.

EL AL – Group Flights

Checked Luggage:
3 per passenger regardless of age, except for infants assigned a bassinet
Maximum weight: 50 lbs. per bag
Maximum size: 62″/158cm (total length + width + height) per bag

Packing in boxes is not recommended.
Boxes are easily damaged. EL AL does not take responsibility for lost or damaged items. Consider packing in duffle bags, which do not take up much storage space once in Israel and can be purchased for a reasonable price.

Infants assigned a bassinet*:
1 bag per infant. The bag’s weight & size must not exceed 22lbs/10kg and 45”/115cm
*Infant under the age of 9 months are eligible for a bassinet. Bassinets are limited and requests should be made in advance. A bassinet is not guaranteed until EL AL approves the request. If approved for a bassinet infants do not get their own seat, and have a limited luggage allowance.

Olim Traveling to Eilat:
Olim utilizing their travel voucher and traveling to directly to Eilat after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport may be offered a connecting flight to Eilat in lieu of a taxi ride. Whether you travel by flight or taxi is up to Misrad Haklita. The maximum luggage allowance for the flight to Eilat is 2 bags per person whose total weight cannot exceed 132 lbs/60 kg. Please take this into consideration when packing for your Aliyah flight.

Carry-On Luggage:
1 carry-on bag: dimensions should not exceed 50″ /126 cm (specifically: 22 “L x 18”W x 10”D or 56cm L x 45cm W x 25cm D)
and 17 lbs/8 kg.
1 personal item: such as a purse, handbag, etc. When storage space is limited, passengers may be asked to check their carry-on at the gate.
Infants assigned a bassinet: Only a diaper bag is allowed as a carry-on.

Infant/Toddler Allowances:
Strollers/car seats/Pack’n’Plays checked at the gate are stored in the hold during the flight and returned when exiting the aircraft.
Strollers: 1 per infant/toddler if brought to the entrance of the aircraft & checked at the gate.
Car seats: 1 car seat per infant/toddler if used during the flight or checked at the gate.
Pack’n’Plays: Pack’n’Plays or cribs whose size/weight do not fall within the carry-on allowance must be checked in advance and will count towards your checked luggage allowance.

Extra Luggage:
Departing from Newark/JFK/Toronto/Boston: $150 for a 4th bag, $235 for a 5th bag.
Departing from LAX: $160 for a 4th bag, $245 for a 5th bag.
Passengers flying with more than 5 pieces of checked luggage should contact EL AL cargo to get approval in advance of their flight, at +972-3-971-6679.

Oversized/Overweight Baggage:
Please check El Al’s website for current rates.

Sports Equipment / Bicycles:
Sports equipment can be considered part of a passenger’s baggage allowance, as long as the inclusive weight does not exceed the dimensions allowed – 62 inches and not weighing over 50 pounds. Sports equipment that is packed within baggage as detailed above, causing the case to exceed the permitted weight and/or dimensions will be charged as an excess piece of luggage.
On flights from North America, bicycles are not included in the free luggage allowance. EL AL will charge a fee for bicycles checked with your luggage. If you intend to bring a bicycle, please make sure to observe the following guidelines: Please Inform the NBN Flight Coordinator (for groups & charters) or EL AL’s reservation’s desk (for EL AL designated flights) that you are bringing a bicycle no later than a week before departure.

  • A bicycle must have only one seat and pedals – no motorized bikes.
  • The bicycle must be encased.
  • The bicycle must be disassembled: handlebar, one wheel, pedals.
  • The wheels must be deflated.
  • The bicycle must be packed in a box or special case to protect it from damage and to prevent the leakage of hydraulic fluid.

Motorized bikes are currently not permitted on El Al flights – no exceptions.

Musical Instruments:
Any portable musical instrument not exceeding 53”/135cm (all dimensions combined) and not exceeding 39”/100cm in length is allowed to be checked as baggage and will count as one piece of luggage. Instruments must be packed in a hard protective case. Please Inform the NBN Flight Coordinator (for groups & charters) or EL AL’s reservation’s desk (for EL AL designated flights) that you are bringing an instrument no later than a week before departure. For more information, see Shipping Musical Instruments.

Pets:
Pets in their carriers, either in cabin or cargo, are not counted as part of your luggage allowance, but there is a required pet fee charged by EL AL when you check in for your flight.  Pets are NOT entitled to a luggage allowance. For more information, including fees and allowed kennel dimensions, please see Making Aliyah with Pets.

EL AL – Charter Flights

Checked Luggage:
2 per passenger (including infants & toddlers)
Maximum weight: 70 lbs. per bag
Maximum size: 62″/158cm (total length + width + height) per bag

Packing in boxes is not recommended.
Any box checked as luggage will be subject to a special scan. The scan takes additional time and the box might not make it on your flight due to the delay. In addition, boxes are easily damaged.  EL AL does not take responsibility for lost or damaged items.Consider packing in duffle bags, which do not take up much storage space once in Israel and can be purchased for a reasonable price.

Olim Traveling to Eilat:
Olim utilizing their travel voucher and traveling to directly to Eilat after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport may be offered a connecting flight to Eilat in lieu of a taxi ride. Whether you travel by flight or taxi is up to Misrad Haklita. The maximum luggage allowance for the flight to Eilat is 2 bags per person whose total weight cannot exceed 132 lbs/60 kg. Please take this into consideration when packing for your Aliyah flight.

Carry-On Luggage:
1 carry-on bag: dimensions should not exceed 50″ /126 cm (specifically: 22 “L x 18”W x 10”D or 56cm L x 45cm W x 25cm D)
and 17 lbs/8 kg.
1 personal item: such as a purse, handbag, etc. When storage space is limited, passengers may be asked to check their carry-on at the gate

Infant/Toddler Allowances:
Strollers/car seats/Pack’n’Plays checked at the gate are stored in the hold during the flight and returned when exiting the aircraft on the tarmac.
Strollers:
1 per infant/toddler if brought to the entrance of the aircraft & checked at the gate.
Car seats: 1 car seat per infant/toddler if used during the flight or checked at the gate.
Pack’n’Plays: Pack’n’Plays or cribs whose size/weight do not fall within the carry-on allowance must be checked in advance and will count towards your checked luggage allowance. Strollers/car seats/Pack’n’Plays checked at the gate are stored in the hold during the flight and returned when exiting the aircraft on the tarmac.

Overweight:
70 pounds is the maximum weight allowance for baggage on charter flights.  EL AL reserves the right to refuse or charge a fee for any bag exceeding 70 pounds.

Oversized:
EL AL reserves the right to refuse or charge a fee for any bag whose total dimensions exceed 62 inches.

Extra Luggage:
EL AL has communicated to us that all passengers must adhere to the luggage allowance, and will not be allowed to check additional luggage (even for a fee) on a charter flight because the plane’s cargo hold is very small.

Sports Equipment / Bicycles:
Sports equipment can be considered part of a passenger’s baggage allowance, as long as the inclusive weight does not exceed the dimensions allowed – 62 inches and not weighing over 50 pounds. Sports equipment that is packed within baggage as detailed above, causing the case to exceed the permitted weight and/or dimensions will be charged as an excess piece of luggage.
On flights from North America, bicycles are not included in the free luggage allowance. EL AL will charge a fee for bicycles checked with your luggage. If you intend to bring a bicycle, please make sure to observe the following guidelines: Please Inform the NBN Flight Coordinator (for groups & charters) or EL AL’s reservation’s desk (for EL AL designated flights) that you are bringing a bicycle no later than a week before departure.

  • A bicycle must have only one seat and pedals – no motorized bikes.
  • The bicycle must be encased.
  • The bicycle must be disassembled: handlebar, one wheel, pedals.
  • The wheels must be deflated.
  • The bicycle must be packed in a box or special case to protect it from damage and to prevent the leakage of hydraulic fluid.

Motorized bikes are currently not permitted on El Al flights – no exceptions.

Musical Instruments:
Any portable musical instrument not exceeding 53”/135cm (all dimensions combined) and not exceeding 39”/100cm in length is allowed to be checked as baggage and will count as one piece of luggage. Instruments must be packed in a hard protective case.
Please Inform the NBN Flight Coordinator (for groups & charters) or EL AL’s reservation’s desk (for EL AL designated flights) that you are bringing an instrument no later than a week before departure.
For more information, see Shipping Musical Instruments.

Pets:
Pets in their carriers, either in cabin or cargo, are not counted as part of your luggage allowance, but there is a required pet fee charged by EL AL when you check in for your flight.  Pets are NOT entitled to a luggage allowance. For more information, including fees and allowed kennel dimensions, please see Making Aliyah with Pets.

EL AL – Designated Flight

Checked Luggage:
3 per passenger regardless of age, except for infants assigned a bassinet
Maximum weight: 50 lbs. per bag
Maximum size: 62″/158cm (total length + width + height) per bag

Packing in boxes is not recommended. Boxes are easily damaged.  EL AL does not take responsibility for lost or damaged items. In addition, when flying from JFK, any box checked as luggage will be subject to a special scan. The scan takes additional time and the box might not make it on your flight due to the delay. Consider packing in duffle bags, which do not take up much storage space once in Israel and can be purchased for a reasonable price.

Infants assigned a bassinet*:
1 bag per infant. The bag’s weight & size must not exceed 20lbs/10kg and 45”/115cm
*Infants under the age of 9 months are eligible for a bassinet. Bassinets are limited and requests should be made in advance. A bassinet is not guaranteed until EL AL approves the request. If approved for a bassinet infants do not get their own seat, and have a limited luggage allowance.

Olim Traveling to Eilat:
Olim utilizing their travel voucher and traveling to directly to Eilat after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport may be offered a connecting flight to Eilat in lieu of a taxi ride. Whether you travel by flight or taxi is up to Misrad Haklita. The maximum luggage allowance for the flight to Eilat is 2 bags per person whose total weight cannot exceed 132 lbs/60 kg. Please take this into consideration when packing for your Aliyah flight.

Carry-On Luggage:
1 carry-on bag: dimensions should not exceed 50″ /126 cm (specifically: 22 “L x 18”W x 10”D or 56cm L x 45cm W x 25cm D)
and 17 lbs/8 kg.
1 personal item: such as a purse, handbag, etc…When storing space is limited, passengers may be asked to check their carry-on at the gate
Infants assigned a bassinet: Only a diaper bag is allowed as a carry-on.

Infant/Toddler Allowances:
Strollers/car seats/Pack’n’Plays checked at the gate are stored in the hold during the flight and returned when exiting the aircraft.
Strollers:
1 per infant/toddler if brought to the entrance of the aircraft & checked at the gate.
Car seats: 1 car seat per infant/toddler if used during the flight or checked at the gate.
Pack’n’Plays: Pack’n’Plays or cribs whose size/weight do not fall within the carry-on allowance must be checked in advance and will count towards your checked luggage allowance.

Extra Luggage:
Departing from Newark/JFK/Toronto/Boston: $150 for a 4th bag, $235 for a 5th bag.
Departing from LAX: $160 for a 4th bag, $245 for a 5th bag.
Passengers flying with more than 5 pieces of checked luggage should contact EL AL cargo to get approval in advance of their flight, at +972-3-971-6679.

Oversized/Overweight Baggage:
Please check El Al’s website for current rates.

Sports Equipment / Bicycles:
Sports equipment can be considered part of a passenger’s baggage allowance, as long as the inclusive weight does not exceed the dimensions allowed – 62 inches and not weighing over 50 pounds. Sports equipment that is packed within baggage as detailed above, causing the case to exceed the permitted weight and/or dimensions will be charged as an excess piece of luggage.
On flights from North America, bicycles are not included in the free luggage allowance. EL AL will charge a fee for bicycles checked with your luggage. If you intend to bring a bicycle, please make sure to observe the following guidelines: Please Inform the NBN Flight Coordinator (for groups & charters) or EL AL’s reservation’s desk (for EL AL designated flights) that you are bringing a bicycle no later than a week before departure.

  • A bicycle must have only one seat and pedals – no motorized bikes.
  • The bicycle must be encased.
  • The bicycle must be disassembled: handlebar, one wheel, pedals.
  • The wheels must be deflated.
  • The bicycle must be packed in a box or special case to protect it from damage and to prevent the leakage of hydraulic fluid.

Motorized bikes are currently not permitted on El Al flights – no exceptions

Musical Instruments:
Any portable musical instrument not exceeding 53”/135cm (all dimensions combined) and not exceeding 39”/100cm in length is allowed to be checked as baggage and will count as one piece of luggage. Instruments must be packed in a hard protective case.
Please Inform the NBN Flight Coordinator (for groups & charters) or EL AL’s reservation’s desk (for EL AL designated flights) that you are bringing an instrument no later than a week before departure.
For more information, see Shipping Musical Instruments.

Pets:
Pets in their carriers, either in cabin or cargo, are not counted as part of your luggage allowance, but there is a required pet fee charged by EL AL when you check in for your flight.  Pets are NOT entitled to a luggage allowance.
For more information, including fees and allowed kennel dimensions, please see Making Aliyah with Pets.

Additional Travel and Packing Information

What NOT to Pack in Checked Luggage

All items listed below should be taken in your carry-on luggage. The airline does not take responsibility for theft or damage of such items. Insurance is recommended.

  • Fragile or perishable items
  • Valuable items (including, but not limited to, money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices)
  • Any medication or medical equipment
  • House or car keys
  • Valuable documents (including, but not limited to, business documents and deeds)
  • Aliyah related original documents (including, but not limited to birth/marriage/death/divorce certificates, proof of Judaism, conversion certificate and Apostilles)

Packing Your Carry-On

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airline carriers have restrictions when it comes to items allowed in carry-on baggage and in the airport.  For details, please refer to the links below and check with directly with your connecting/international flight carrier. In some cases, TSA’s rules are more restrictive, while in other cases, EL AL and other carriers have more restrictions.

Travel & Luggage Insurance

Nefesh B’Nefesh, EL AL and other airlines do NOT purchase travel or luggage insurance for passengers on charter, group or designated flights.  Please make sure to purchase your own travel/luggage insurance, if this is a concern for you.  NBN is not accountable for any lost or damaged luggage on these flights.

DISCLAIMER:
Aliyah flights must be arranged via Nefesh B’Nefesh in order to utilize the Aliyah Flight Benefit. Once you submit your flight preferences and have the necessary approvals and documentation, we will assist you with booking your Aliyah flight. We will do our best to accommodate your first flight preference; however, we cannot guarantee that all Olim will receive their first choice. Nefesh B’Nefesh has the right to withdraw any of these flight options at any time. Should that occur, NBN will assist you in making alternate flight arrangements. Depending on the time of year in which you make Aliyah, not all of the options noted above may be available. If you cancel your reservation or change your flight fees may apply.

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