United Airlines eliminates surfboard bag fees in California

October 8, 2018 | Surfing
United Airlines: no more surfboard bag fees in California | Photo: United

United Airlines will remove service fees for surfboards, wakeboards, and paddleboards for customers traveling to or from California.

The decision takes effect on October 5, 2018, and exempts customers from paying the previous $150 or $200 service fee on direct United Airlines or United Express itineraries that originate or end at any California airport.

The airline company also announced a donation of $50,000 to Sustainable Surf, a non-governmental organization with headquarters in California.

"Surfing is the official sport of California. We want to make it easier for customers to surf our beautiful beaches, whether they're visiting or call the Golden State home," notes Janet Lamkin, president of United Airlines in California.

With the new surfer-friendly guideline, customers will only have to pay the regular checked-bag fee of $25.

United Airlines is operating in the Golden State for more than 90 years. Every year, the company headquartered in Chicago connects nearly 18 million passengers through its hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

United is working to reduce the environmental impacts of its operation and aims to reduce their greenhouse emissions by 50 percent until 2050.

It was also one of the first airline companies to start using renewable biofuels in regularly scheduled flights that depart from Los Angeles.

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