6 Fascinating Airline Rules

Most airline rules we’re aware of are standard, such as those pertaining to ticketing, luggage, take-off delays, etc. But here are six interesting airline rules you’ve probably never heard of:

1. Virgin America’s Rule 25

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The carrier is pretty lax about its dress code, but there are some standards. Under Rule 25’s “Refusal to Transport – Limitations of Carrier” in its International Contract of Carriage, passengers must be wearing both top and bottom apparel. Offensive clothing or garments that may interfere with flight safety isn’t allowed. In addition, with the exception of medical reasons, any passenger over the age of five must have shoes on at all times.

2. American Airlines’ Odor Rule

Bad Odor


Air travel may not stink on some days, but fellow passengers may. Being trapped in a tube with no open windows makes an unpleasant situation. American Airlines will refuse to transport a passenger if the individual has a pungent or “offensive odor”. In 2010, a passenger was kicked off an Air Canada Jazz flight after several passengers complained about his “brutal” odor.

3. Alaska Airlines’ Behavior Rule

Little Kids Having Fun on an Airplane

Alaska Airlines, like most airlines, prohibits passengers from engaging in bad conduct. This includes any physical or “verbal harassment related to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.”

4. United Airlines’ Service Animal Rule

Snake on PlaneService or emotional support animals are allowed on flights. However, the range of exotic animals acceptable or unacceptable is fascinating. On United, monkeys are allowed while spiders and snakes aren’t. Did anyone ever try to fly with a support spider or snake?

5. Delta Air Lines’ Clean Antlers Rule

AntlersFor passengers who want to bring antlers on their next Delta flight, they’ll have to fork out $150 for the antler transport fee. They’ll have to wrap the skull and cover the tips. Most importantly, the antlers must be clean and “be as free of residue as possible.”

6. JetBlue’s No Valuables Rule


Like almost all airlines, JetBlue doesn’t allow valuables on checked bags. What the carrier deems as valuable are furs, paintings, paintings, musical instruments, and more. Passengers still keep such items in their luggage, and when things go missing, JetBlue won’t be responsible.

What are some other rules that we typically don’t hear about? Share it with us below.

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