Airline Cruelty

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by ericp10, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. ericp10

    ericp10 Active Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    So I'm flying into Lisbon Portugal this April and surfing supertubes. Right now the cheapest flights are from delta. Does anyone have any knowledge about flying with surfboards on this airline? I know it really just depends on the day if my boards will get damaged or not but can I expect they won't be destroyed like john john florences boards by jet blue?
  2. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    Have flown Delta with my boards to DC and Mexico with zero problems.

    That having been said, 2 things come into play here:

    1) How well your board is packaged, and
    2) Luck of the draw. Some handlers may be careful with your freight, while others obviously just don't give a fvck.

    Personally, my experience with Delta is that as an airline and a business, they suck. They just seem to be sorely lacking in overall customer service. Possibly because they are a huge company.


  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Surprised to hear a negative report for JetBlue. I have always had good luck with them but I own a Coil, so that helps. And packing too.
  4. PA_KOOK

    PA_KOOK Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2016
    Invest in a good bag and make sure to add additional protection. Towels, wetsuits, pool noodles, yoga mats, etc.

    also, bring some tape and ding repair kits...
  5. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    Don't know about the board. But, I never had a bad experience with Delta. They're on time, courteous, and fly lots of places with good connections.
  6. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
  7. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Pay the 400 for a surfcase or bubble wrap/ pool noodle and pray...
  8. foamieswithmyhomies

    foamieswithmyhomies Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2014
    I think every airline employee is required to stand on a board bag and 'surf' it down the conveyor belt before putting it on the carousel. I'm pretty sure it's in the training manual. At least that's what it seems like.

    Although JetBlue treated my board with TLC when I used them last year. Also don't wait for your board to come out on the carousel, because it won't be there. You'll break a sweat, lose your lunch and wonder how the F they lost your board and wtf you're going to do in Portugal for 2 weeks without your shred stick. Go ask the dude with the orange vest playing on his phone where it is, because he's undoubtedly hid it under piles of golf clubs and other weird sized stuff.
  9. foamieswithmyhomies

    foamieswithmyhomies Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2014
    If I wanted my junk to be manhandled like that, I'd call a budget escort