We sent Sikes' e-mail to Anne Gaines-Burrill of Air 2000 Hunters' Support and asked for her help in getting to the bottom of what happened. She checked in with Milke Ababiya, Delta's performance leader for the Atlanta/Joburg route. Seems Delta has posted the entire SA Firearms Control Act and requirements to their check-in system as an advisory in case Delta agents are asked what is required for hunters going to South Africa. All Sikes' agent had to do was continue reading and she would have found where the advisory confirms that passengers need only a US Customs Form 4457 to leave the United States and that it is the passenger who is responsible for getting a permit issued upon arrival in South Africa. Ababiya said she would be taking up the matter in-house, but that Sikes' experience should be an isolated incident.
Should you have a similar problem upon check-in for a Delta flight to South Africa, clearly all you need to do is politely encourage the agent to read through the end of the advisory. If that doesn't work, ask that she check with the Performance Leader for that route.
Still on travel issues but of a much more alarming........(continued)