Media Bag Program
Each account can check up to 25 bags (including the personal bag allowance) per flight at a discounted rate, subject to operational limitations. A media bag can include: audio, camera, lighting and photography equipment, wardrobes, trunks and musical instruments.
Fees for overweight and oversized bags (excluding musical instruments) are waived, up to either 70 lbs. / 32 kg or 100 lbs. / 45 kg, depending on your origin and destination, and a maximum linear size (length + width + height) of 126 inches / 320 cm.
Camera, film, video tape, lighting and sound equipment that is tendered by representatives of network or local television broadcasting companies or commercial film-making companies will be accepted as baggage at the fees noted below. All media-related passengers seeking to receive preferred media baggage rates must present proper media credentials at check-in, or request preferred baggage pricing and submit media credentials by e-mailing the Global Sales & Support desk at email@example.com at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure for all travel on or after February 24, 2020.
Representatives from network television, broadcasting and commercial filmmaking companies will be charged a flat service charge to check camera, film, and lighting and sound equipment. The items must be checked by the media representative and the charges are per item at the prices listed in the chart below. The discounted service charge applies for worldwide travel on flights marketed and operated by United, and is subject to seasonal and permanent baggage embargoes. For flights connecting to other airlines, baggage charges are subject to the connecting airline’s baggage policies.
Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists below. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. Read about civil penalties for prohibited items.