British Airways

Airline company British Airways has changed the surfboard transportation rules for bookings made from 31 July 2009, for customers travelling from 7 October 2009.

The new policy - more surfer friendly - says all sporting equipment (excluding the not acceptable for carriage list - check below) will be accepted for travel only if they are packed correctly within the maximum weight and reduced maximum dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in).

This means that you can carry surfboards, windsurfboards, kiteboards and bodyboards up to 6'2'' (190cm). From November 6th 2007, British Airways was not accepting surfboards inside an airplane.

Now, things are not quite perfect for surfers, but definitely got a little better. British Airways changes to the carriage of sporting equipment:

Sporting equipment will be included as part of your free checked baggage allowance.
If the number of bags exceed your free allowance you will be charged the excess baggage rate for each extra bag.
The heavy bag charge £30 ($50) will apply each way to all bags more than 23kg (51lbs) and up to 32kg (70lbs).
All sporting equipment (excluding the not acceptable for carriage list) will be accepted for travel only if they are packed correctly within the maximum weight and reduced maximum dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in).
The carriage of firearms will incur a £50 charge each way to cover third party handling costs.
Sporting items we do not accept for carriage

Because of the large size and the associated handling complexities, there is some equipment that cannot be accepted as checked baggage:

Hang-gliders
Windsurfing boards and sails
Water skis that exceed the maximum dimensions
Surfboards that exceed the maximum dimensions
Kayaks and canoes
Pole vaults
Javelins

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