Hence this new monthly column, which will explore problems hunters are facing with airlines and digest the many complaints we are receiving each month from subscribers who either write us directly about airline problems or mention them on Hunt Report Forms they are filing. Your assistance as a traveling hunter is essential if this column is to have an impact. What we need is your detailed feedback on problems you are having. Whenever possible, we need names, flight numbers and dates. In the case of verbal abuse by check-in agents, we also need witnesses who are willing to confirm what you say. These details will allow us to follow up with the airlines and insist on change, as witness the situation outlined below with United Airlines and their recent wrongful insistence that I sign a "Release of Liability" before a firearm would be accepted as checked baggage. So, get involved with this column. Help us make it tough enough to deal with the anti-hunting ideologues and every-day bumblers out there who are making hunting travel harder than it needs to be.
Emerging Problem: On 11 September, United Airlines Check-In Agent C. Addington in Santa Barbara, California Municipal Airport insisted that I sign a "Release of Liability Form" before his firearm would be accepted as checked baggage on a flight to San Francisco.........(continued)