Surfers all over the world are trying desperately to convince British Airways to turn back from a plan to stop carrying surfboards on all thier flights after November 6th 2007.The airline says it is not able to carry boards "due to their large size and handling complexities". (See full details below).

This petition started by the British Surfing Association is an attempt to get the airline to re-think its policy and we'd urge you to sign it, where ever you are:

Here's what BA said in their recent announcement:

"Due to the large size and handling complexities, some sporting equipment cannot be accommodated through the airport baggage system or within the aircraft hold," claim the airline which previously had no charge for surfboards on long haul flights. "Therefore [effective from 6 November 2007] we no longer accept the following equipment at check-in as part of your sporting equipment allowance:

- hang gliders

- windsurfing boards and sails

- surfboards

- kayaks or canoes

- pole vaults

- javelins

Please contact your local freight company to arrange carriage for any items that exceed the permitted weight and size."