Aliyah Flight: Luggage Guidelines

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The following information is strictly a guide and subject to revision based on airline policy. Your luggage allowance will be confirmed at the time of booking. Flights organized outside the Nefesh B’Nefesh framework are not eligible for an Aliyah luggage allowance.

Aliyah Flights

CHECKED LUGGAGE

  • 2 per passenger
  • Max Weight: 50lbs
  • Max Size: 62”/158cm (total length + width + height)

CARRY-ON LUGGAGE

  • 1 carry-on bag
  • Max Weight: 17lbs
  • Max Size: 50”/126cm (total length + width + height)
    (specifically: 22 “L x 18”W x 10”D or 56cm L x 45cm W x 25cm D)
  • 1 personal item such as a handbag, laptop case, when storage space is limited, passengers may be asked to check their carry-on at the gate.

EXTRA LUGGAGE FEES

Additional, overweight or oversized checked luggage will incur a fees based on your airline carrier. Contact flights@nbn.org.il for details.

INFANT/TODDLER ALLOWANCES

All Olim, regardless of age are awarded the above allowances.

Infants under the age of 9mths are eligible for a bassinet. Bassinets are limited and requests must be made far in advance.

A bassinet request is not guaranteed until EL AL issues an approval. If approved for a bassinet, infants do not get their own seat and have a limited luggage allowance.

1 bag per baby. The bag’s weight & size must not exceed 22lbs/10kg and 45”/115cm

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  or are subject to a charge.

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.

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.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT AND BICYCLES

Sports equipment may be considered as part of a passenger’s baggage allowance. The inclusive weight may not exceed 50lbs and  – 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 send an email to flights@nbn.org.il

A bicycle must have only one seat and pedals – Motorized bikes are currently not permitted on EL AL flights – no exceptions.

  1. The bicycle must be encased
  2. The bicycle must be disassembled: handlebar, wheels, pedals
  3. The wheels must be deflated
  4. The bicycle must be packed in a box or special case to protect it from damage and to prevent the leakage of hydraulic fluid

More information can be found Flying EL AL with Sports Equipment

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS/EQUIPMENT  

AS HAND LUGGAGE

It is possible to carry musical instruments/equipment as hand luggage if its weight does not exceed 17lbs and if it can be stored in the overhead bins. In such cases, it will be instead of other hand luggage.

Passengers wishing to bring on board hand baggage that exceeds the permitted measurements or weight (such as a cello), will have to purchase as separate seat for this item​

SENT TO HOLD OF PLANE

If it is not possible to transport the musical instrument/equipment as hand luggage, the regulations for regular baggage will apply. Pack the instruments well, to protect it from damage during the flight.

It is possible to send musical instruments/equipment as regular baggage if it meets the conditions for regular baggage; otherwise. it will be handled as excess baggage.

If you intend to bring your musical instrument send an email to flights@nbn.org.il

For more information, see Shipping Musical Instruments.

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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