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Re:Airlines Board Charges - 2009/01/03 16:40 Good topic and one I have commented on before - but with respect to surfers being an 'important target market' - thats just wishful thinking.

The carry charges and even refusal to carry boards comes partly from stupid behaviour from... er, surfers. I have seen (on these forums) surfers boasting (and recommending) having gone on a surf trip, snapped their sticks and then put them broken into board baogs - onec home, they claim the cost of the broken boards off the airline (or the airline's insurance). The logic being that that this is small $$$s for an airline but big impact on the surfer's budget: so it OK). without even getting into whether this is stealing/unethical etc.... it is OBVIOUS that this happens a few times and the baggage manager of the airline starts thinking - this is just more hassle than its worth. we'll charge/ban surfboards. Duhhhh.

This is a classic case of the Tragedy of the Commons:
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons

in which multiple individuals acting independently in their own self-interest can ultimately destroy a shared resource

Post edited by: Pisco23, at: 2009/01/03 16:44
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Re:Airlines Board Charges - 2009/01/03 16:47 ....and even if you're not interested in surfboard charges you should REALLY get to read G Hardin's original paper... it goes a long way to telling us why the world is so 'fu*ked up' - over-fishing of our oceans is another classic example of why cumulative self interest can destroy shared resources
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Re:Airlines Board Charges - 2009/01/06 04:03 Spirit airlines is $75 per destination.
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Re:Airlines Board Charges - 2009/01/08 06:51 Just flew back to the States from South Africa on SAA (South African Airways) These guys are excellent, they have their own storage space on their planes for boards and they dont charge. I didnt have any damage and I just purchased a brand new board that side.... stoked!!
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Re:Airlines Board Charges - 2009/01/15 23:48 Airline fee's SUCK no a days... I'm headed to Australia from Fla it's going to cost me over $225 to take and bring back my board. I have to many different connections to worry about the board making the flights and getting there in 1 pc. If it didn't cost as much I would put up with it. I contacted a few surf shops in Manly (AU) and can get a used board for about $250 us$$, this way I'll get soemthing I can ride, then sell it back to any shop and if I only get $100 for it, I'm still way ahead of things and no hassles.
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Re:Airlines Board Charges - 2009/01/17 23:49 hey, if you're in a hurry when you het there, i don't like your chances of getting a decent second-hand shape in manly for less than AUD 500 + fins + leggie + covers and then the shops will give you about AUD 150 for the lot when you want to bail in a hurry but that is probably still better value than carting a single board across the pacific. there's lots of sydney boards and on ebay but don't do it without a prior inspection.
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