This is old news to me -- very old!
[United Airlines Horror story] I, for one, haven't flown United Airlines for TEN YEARS! That was when I flew on United for a moose hunt in Alaska. Before the trip, I called United and asked what their policy was for transporting antlers. The customer service person looked it up and told me that I had to cover all the points, using duct tape, cardboard, pieces of hose, whatever was necessary, to keep the tines from puncturing other people's baggage or hurting a baggage handler. I also had to wrap the skullplate to prevent any contact with any tissue, or contact with the sharp edges of the skull. Then I could check them as an extra bag for $50.
So, I went on my moose hunt. After I got my moose and was ready to pack up to go home, I called again -- the afternoon of the evening I was flying back home. I was given the exact same information. So, I did everything they said to do exactly as they said to do it. So far, so good.
When I checked in at the airport at Anchorage, I put the antlers on the baggage scale. The United clerk there said I couldn't check them as baggage. Long story short, he said they changed their policy, and he made me send them as air freight for $240. They ended up going a very long round-about way and were 2 days late arriving. I was afraid I'd never see them again.
That was 10 years ago. United Airlines has never gotten a single reservation from me since then, and never will. [/United Airlines Horror Story]
By the way, I brought another set home last year, and flew Continental. No problems checking them as baggage. Anchorage to Phoenix to Charlotte to Cleveland. And in fact, the flight from Phoenix to Charlotte got in late and I missed my connection there. Still, when I got to Cleveland, someone carried them out and handed them to me. Easy. The way it should be.
For ten years, I've been recommending against United Airlines.
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