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Checked Baggage Policy

Effective July 1, 2015

Weight Limit

For reasons of safety, each passenger is limited to 20 lbs. of baggage.  Any baggage weight in excess of 20 pounds is subject to an excess baggage weight charge.


Size Limit

The maximum size per checked bag (to avoid oversized charges) is 62 linear inches.  Linear dimensions are determined by adding the length, plus the width, plus the height.  All luggage over 62 linear inches will be subject to an oversize baggage charge.


Due to the size of our aircraft luggage compartments and depending on a variety of factors Star Marianas Air, Inc. cannot guarantee that luggage larger than 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches will be carried on the same flight as the passenger.


Excess baggage is loaded on a space available basis and may travel on a later flight.  Identification is required on all items of baggage.  Star Marianas Air will not be liable for damage to perishable items or fragile articles in checked baggage. Hazardous materials must be declared.


Packing suggestions

Use several soft – sided small bags instead of one large suitcase.  Bulky items such as large suitcases, trunks, or ice chests are difficult to load and may have to be sent at a later time when space is available.  Single pieces of baggage weighing over 20 pounds are subject to an overweight baggage fee and bags over 62 linear inches are subject to an oversize bag fee.


Cabin-Seat Baggage and Charges

When a passenger requests that item/s or baggage be carried in the cabin, and Star Marianas Air determines that the item is acceptable as cabinbaggage but is so fragile and/or bulky as to require the use of a seat, the baggage must be carried aboard the aircraft by the passenger and secured in the seat next to the passenger’s seat.  Star Marianas Air will charge 100% of the applicable adult fare.  Star Marianas Air will not include the cabin-seat baggage fee in determination of free baggage allowance or excess baggage charges.


Hazardous Materials

Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years' imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals.


There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. For further information contact our reservations department.


Unsuitable, valuable articles 

The following items are judged to be unsuitable as contents of checked baggage, and Star Marianas Air assumes no liability for loss, theft, damage or delay in the delivery of:

  • Cash, currency

  • Negotiable papers

  • Securities

  • Business contracts, documents

  • Jewelry, watches

  • Camera’s, videos and photographic equipment, camcorders, audio equipment, film, camera equipment, photographs

  • Electronic equipment/devices, personal electronic equipment/devices, including components such as compact discs and video game cartridges

  • Computers and related components

  • Binoculars, telescopes, optical devices including eyeglasses

  • Silverware

  • Precious metals, stones or materials

  • Art objects, sculptures

  • Historical artifacts

  • Original manuscripts

  • Irreplaceable books, publications, collectibles such as baseball cards

  • Antiques, heirlooms

  • Keys

  • Sales samples

  • Medications

  • Furs, including coats, gloves, hats

  • Game trophies, antlers, pelts


Limits of Liability

Star Marianas Air, Inc. (SMA) assumes NO LIABILITY for the following items: currency; eyewear; photographic/electronic equipment, supplies, media and peripherals; musical instruments; ornamental items including jewelry, wigs, wig boxes, furs, antiques, artifacts, silverware, timepieces; artistic items and works of art, including paintings, prints, rugs, and statuary; cameras and related equipment and supplies; recreational items including sporting/camping goods/items/equipment; mechanical items; negotiable instruments or papers, securities; paper items including decorations, manuscripts, books, personal papers, publications, and business documents; perishable or edible items; light sensitive materials including film and x-ray plates; precious metals, samples, animals, fragile items and other similar valuable and commercial effects, and all medicines, drugs, and toiletries. 


Star Marianas Air, Inc. shall not be liable for delay in delivery of any perishables, or for damage to or caused by fragile items, liquids or perishables which are unsuitably packed, and which are included in a passenger’s checked baggage with or without SMA’s knowledge.


SMA will accept cloth, canvas, vinyl and other soft-sided baggage as checked baggage, but accepts no responsibility or liability for damage such as scratches, scuffs, dents, stains, or cuts that result from normal wear and tear. There is no liability for damage to or loss of protruding baggage parts (such as wheels, straps, pockets, pull handles, hanger hooks) or other items attached to baggage, oversized, overweight, over packed and/or previously damaged bags. 


SMA assumes responsibility only for those claims arising from the transportation of baggage over its own routes aboard its aircraft.


SMA assumes no responsibility for property damage or loss resulting from passenger security screening or loss incurred in passenger waiting rooms or concourses or for property not checked into SMA’s custody. 


All claims are subject to proof of value, loss and are subject to depreciation. Any baggage problems must be reported as soon as possible, and in the case of lost, stolen or delayed baggage, MUST BE REPORTED TO A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE OPERATOR PRIOR TO LEAVING THE AIRPORT TERMINAL, and no action shall commence or be maintained against SMA unless there is full compliance with these requirements.

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