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. 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 fly United and you would like to have a copy of this letter, let us know. We will send a copy........(continued)