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This Article Last Updated: Oct 14th, 2010 - 15:13:49 

Air travel and Sails - A True Story
By Rick Burgess
Jun 15, 2010, 19:39

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Air travel and sails. I thought I would pass on the following story about checking a Jib Tube as a second bag from Pisa, Italy to JFK, USA two days ago after the European Championship.

It all started off just fine, I went to the check-in desk with a Gill travel bag and a 8-foot Jib tube and asked to check in. "No problem", says the Delta agent, "but you know the tube is oversize and there will be an additional charge". "No problem" I say," how much is it?" " 2,200.00 euros", says the agent. I respond, "what are you kidding me, that's more than I paid for my ticket!!"! That's our "new" policy says the supervisor. "Nice".

It's a good thing I was checking a bag (the Gill) that could be carried onto the plane, so I was able to check the Jib tube as my one allowed bag, with a substantially lower charge for being oversize, 175 euros. So, I guess what I'm saying is, check with your carrier before thinking that having an extra bag, such as a jib tube, might be expensive.

Rick Burgess

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