Complaints On Air Canada, American, British Airways, United Airlines


Published: March - 2008

Air Canada: Add this to your inventory of outrage about Air Canada. When Air Canada started charging for the transport of firearms, you may remember, CEO Monte Brewer told us the move was not anti-gun and anti-hunting. He said the airline would soon be charging for the transport of other sports equipment, too, such as skis and hockey gear. Well, that was a lie. Air Canada is waiving excess baggage and oversize fees on all sports equipment that is pre-registered when the ticket is booked. All equipment but firearms, that is. Our big regret here at The Hunting Report is we could not persuade larger hunting and gun organizations to join us in our boycott of Air Canada. The airline is not a friend of hunters and gun owners. Avoid the company if at all possible, and complain about it to your Canadian outfitter friends.

American Airlines/British Airways: If you plan to use British Airways for a hunting trip this year, remember that you cannot take a firearm to the United Kingdom with BA's codeshare partner American Airlines. As we reported back in November (see Article ID 1981), American Airlines has banned firearms on its flights to the UK. A number of Hunting Report subscribers have contacted us about contrary information provided to them by BA agents when making travel arrange- ments. No matter what a misinformed BA agent tells you, you cannot take your gun on American Airlines to London to connect with a BA flight elsewhere in the world.

United Airlines: Be prepared to pay an extra $25 if you fly United Airlines and check a second piece of luggage, including a gun case. As of May 5, 2008, the airline will no longer include a second bag in its free baggage allowance for anyone purchasing a nonrefundable domes- tic economy ticket. The exception is for travelers with status in United's Mileage Plus or Star Alliance programs. The new policy applies to all flights within the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Canada.

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