More News On The Airline Front


Published: July - 2006

Finally, there's lots of news to report from the airline front this month, most of which E-Mail Extra subscribers are already briefed on. First, the boycott we kicked off against Air Canada is starting to pay off. After the NRA and SCI joined the fight in mid-May, the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) and Canada's National Firearms Association jumped into the fray. The GOABC went one step further than we had considered and filed an official complaint against Air Canada with the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). That agency promptly suspended the $50 firearm handling fee implemented by Air Canada on June 5. The suspension, which went into effect on June 15, will remain in place until the complaint is resolved. The suspension is only on international flights, however. Air Canada has 30 days to respond to the complaint, which alleges the fee is discriminatory and unnecessary.

Incidentally, we know of at least one subscriber who was charged the $50 fee on an international flight after the suspension went into effect. If you too were charged the fee after June 15, the first thing you need to do is complain to Air Canada. If they do not issue you a refund, then you need to file your own complaint with the CTA. Just go to their web site at www.cta-otc.gc.ca and click on "Air Travel Complaints," then scroll down to "How to File Complaints" in the left-hand column.

Elsewhere, but still on the subject of firearm handling fees, we have learned that Lufthansa has begun to levy a 50 Euro (about $63 US) charge for handling of firearms into and out of South Africa. The fee is for one-way travel, meaning a round-trip flight will cost gun-carrying travelers an extra $126. Luft- hansa says they are charging the fee to offset the cost of complying with new South African gun regulations. We are looking into that excuse for charging such a high fee.

There is also a new wrinkle in travel to Zimbabwe through the Netherlands. Seems The Netherlands has joined England in........(continued)

 
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