Momentum is building in trying to persuade British Airways to change it\’s policy on NOT carrying windsurfing kit on any of its flights from 6th Nov 2007. This rule also applies to surfboards and kayaks and will make travel around the world even more difficult for us watersports lovers.
Chief Windsurfing Instructor for the RYA, Amanda Van Santen says: “As the governing body, our job is to protect and promote boating and windsurfing, so we see this decision by BA as a directly negative reaction to the sport. “Historically BA has always been a good choice of airline when travelling abroad with windsurfing kit, however the introduction of this ban will mean that windsurfers are forced to look elsewhere for their travel arrangements if they wish to take their own kit.”
“We will be contacting BA directly to understand their reasoning behind the decision to ban windsurfing kit and investigate ways in which they will assist windsurfers in finding other options for transporting their gear.”
The best thing YOU can do is complain to British Airways through their Customer Relations department because if BA get away with it, other airlines may follow.