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Thread: British Airways - 50 charge for Firearms and Ammo (each!).

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    British Airways - 50 charge for Firearms and Ammo (each!).

    My apologies if this has been raised recently but I couldn't find anything with a search.

    For the past 10 years or so I have been an infrequent traveller to the US (varies between 8 / 9 times to 2 - 3 times a year) and have regularly carried factory ammunition and bullets of varying calibres back with me to the UK (just to clarify, only calibres on my FAC).

    Having not brought any back for about a year or so, I recently saw that BA have applied a 50 charge for each / both firearms and ammunition "to cover the cost of our specialist firearms / ammo handlers" (or words to that effect).

    Whilst I can (almost) understand a charge for a firearm, ammo without a firearm doesn't even need declaring on checked in baggage on US internal flights - so why does BA create unnecessary walhalla?

    Has anyone tried to challenge this?

    Thanks.
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    Its an opportunity to make money. Last time I flew into Birmingham with a shotgun from Ireland I could not find any of these so called firearms personnel and eventually after an hour customs collected it for me.

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    not ammo or firearms but there are new rules on american flights now regarding electrical objects , ie phones i pods laptops etc if they are found not to work when checked they will be confiscated even if its only a flat battery,!
    DONT START

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    50 quid from Budapest to London last week with BA. Free up the road from Heathrow to Edinburgh with Virgin. Africa in August with Virgin. No cost for the rifles (2). Do you need more info on who NOT to travel with?

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    Totally agree not sure why anyone in our sport would bother with them for SAfrica
    I only use SA airways
    23kg for rifles andcextra 5kg for ammo with max 200 rounds.
    Very generouse when compared to BA

    Quote Originally Posted by goathunter1 View Post
    50 quid from Budapest to London last week with BA. Free up the road from Heathrow to Edinburgh with Virgin. Africa in August with Virgin. No cost for the rifles (2). Do you need more info on who NOT to travel with?

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    Yes i challenged it with several emails pinging back and forth, knocked my head against a brick wall, even when i said they are the only airline that does this, so i am looking elsewhere, in fact i have found out that Virgin and Icelandic air don't even charge any additional fee at all!
    Cheers
    Richard

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    I flew to New Zealand a few years ago , with Air New Zealand and was allowed 10kg of sports equipment each free . Went to South Africa in June with Air South Africa and was allowed 23kg if rifles free each , to hell with British Airways .

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    Am I reading the BA pages wrong, or is there nothing actually saying that firearms and ammo need travel in separate containers?

    Firearms and ammunition will be accepted provided they are packed in an appropriate carriage case, or if this is not possible, packed securely inside a suitcase with your personal effects (except on flights from South Africa and Italy — see below). Please also ensure that:
    • Each firearm carried is accompanied by the appropriate firearms certificate.
    • The firearms are unloaded.
    • Ammunition is packed in either its original packaging or in a suitable container that prevents movement between shells or cartridges (i.e. loose ammunition is not permitted).
    • Bags with ammunition do not bear “explosives” labels.


    Seems to me you could pack the (boxed) ammo in your rifle case and only incur one 50 charge - perfectly reasonable to do so, as its being handled by police and specialist carriers, so security not an issue.

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    where are these specialist carriers/police ?

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    I chased this round and round in circles until I became brain dead last January.
    I even rang up three times on different days and at different times of day hoping to get someone that knew what they were talking about.
    The options were - Pack the rifle and ammo together and be charged 50, pack the rifle and ammo separately and be charged for each piece of baggage = 50 and on one occassion I was told there was an additional charge of 50 over and above whichever way the ammo and rifle was being sent for 'Paperwork' so total charge 150 each way !!
    This was also confirmed by a friendly travel agent that also made enquiries on my behalf.
    At that stage I felt like driving over to Europe instead of flying, until I heard the weather report for Croatia at the time.
    I have contacted, no I sent an e mail, to head office for clarification and all I got in return was a reference to their T&C's on their web site.

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