Carry-On Policy


BATA allows passengers to carry on packages aboard all buses. Below are our guidelines to help preserve rider safety and comfort.



Carry-On Packages

BATA's number one priority is to ensure that carry-on items are secured for the safety of all passengers. Download and review our Carry-On Policy brochure.

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Accepted Packages

  • Handbags, backpacks, grocery bags, or other articles that do not inconvenience riders
  • Can be carried on and off the bus in one trip
  • Are of a manageable size
  • Are placed on your lap or on the floor, between your feet
  • May not block the entrance or emergency exits
  • May not take up passenger seats or restrict the use of aisles
  • May not inhibit the safe operation of the bus
  • Small tied packages of returnable cans and bottle that meet the Accepted Packages criteria



Other Articles Allowed

  • Folded carriages/strollers
  • Personal shopping carts that can fit between seat rows
  • Folded walking aids and walkers


Articles Not Allowed

  • Large bags of returnable cans or bottles
  • Shopping carts associated with a retailer
  • Large or leaking objects
  • Fishing poles with hooks attached
  • Weapons – firearms, knives, clubs, fireworks, and chemical sprayers
  • Sharp objects
  • Gasoline or other flammable/hazardous materials
  • Vehicle batteries


In short, anything that is dangerous or inconvenient to other riders is not allowed to board with you.


Updated: 03.24.17