Airline Developments


Published: July - 1998

There have been a couple of airline developments that merit attention. First, there has been a wildly erroneous report that British Airways has banned all firearms on its flights worldwide. An even more erroneous version of the report has BA requiring hunters to ship their firearms as "cargo" rather than checked baggage. Here is the truth, straight from BA's Peggy Freeman in New York. There has been no change in BA's handling of firearms as checked baggage. Hunters headed anywhere in the world on the airline can check them as usual. What's been banned is the shipment of firearms as "cargo" - which is a development that affects gunmakers and others in the gun business, not hunters. The cargo ban is an outgrowth of a decision at the United Nations that is entirely outside the purview of this newsletter. Rest easy, hunters.

The second development relates to United Airlines, which has been wrongly requiring hunters here in the US to sign what's called a "Limited Liability Form" before their guns are accepted as checked baggage. Signing the form absolves the airline of liability if your gun is damaged. Among the people who have been ambushed by this form is Hunting Report President/Publisher Don Causey who immediately filed a protest. The airline subsequently apologized and promised to inform its counter agents that hunters were not required to sign the form. Unfortunately, according to reports we have been receiving, that has not stopped agents from requiring hunters to sign the form. What to do...?

We insisted that United send us a letter clarifying that the airline does not require hunters to sign these forms. The good news is, we now have that letter and it's signed by an employee who identifies herself as Assistant to the Chairman. It states in part: "United Airlines does not require passengers, checking rifles as baggage, to sign any release from liability if the rifle is packaged in a professionally manufactured case. The only time we would require a passenger to sign this form would be if there is previous damage evident...." If you plan to........(continued)

 
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