Big company, big planes, no room for surfboards.
Surfers travelling on British Airways won't be able to take their surfboards with them at all, according to a new rule to be implemented by the airline soon. While golf clubs, skis and other sports equipment can go in the hold as normal, surfers' have found themselves exiled from the airline's welcome list, along with hang gliders, kayakers and pole vaulters.
"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
- kayaks or canoes
- pole vaults
Please contact your local freight company to arrange carriage for any items that exceed the permitted weight and size," says BA's website.
So, while TSP doesn't want to endorse excessive air travel, we would urge surfers booking flights to be aware that some airlines, like Air New Zealand, are very surfer-friendly. Clearly you should check with any airline what their policy is before you make a booking, but it seems now, if you're taking your boards, it's not even worth considering BA. And if you already have a booking with them for after November 6th, we recommend you either start talking to a courier company (!) or buy/rent boards at the other end.