BRITISH AIRWAYS TO BAN WINDSURFING KIT

BA has made an announcement on its website that from 6 November 2007 they will no longer carry certain items of sporting equipment - including windsurfers.

Here's what they say:

Sporting equipment we do not carry (effective from 6 November 2007)

Due to the large size and handling complexities, some sporting equipment cannot be accommodated through the airport baggage system or within the aircraft hold. Therefore we no longer accept the following equipment at check-in as part of your sporting equipment allowance.

Due to the large size and handling complexities, some sporting equipment cannot be accommodated through the airport baggage system or within the aircraft hold. Therefore we no longer accept the following equipment at check-in as part of your sporting equipment allowance.

* hang gliders * windsurfing boards and sails * surfboards * kayaks or canoes * pole vaults * javelins

Please contact your local freight company to arrange carriage for any items that exceed the permitted weight and size.

(See:

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bagsport/public/en_gb)

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This is serious stuff, as if other airlines follow suit we could be in for trouble.

So, what can we do? Well, the first thing to do is make our voices heard and let BA know what we think by dropping them a line.

To make life easy there's a ready made complaint letter that the Student Windsurfing Association have thoughtfully posted on their website, so click on the link and start firing those letters off:

http://www.studentwindsurfing.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=356