Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Air Canada - What the Heck is Wrong with these People?

I've posted the text of an e-mail I received from the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association....
Apparently AC has taken upon itself the role of Gun Control advocate!!
Since when is a Piece of Steel ......."Dangerous Goods" ?
Dear Allied Members,
Many of you may not be aware of the recent announcement by Air Canada that effective June 1, 2006, firearms checked as luggage will be classified as a "dangerous good" and be subject to a $50 C or $50 US one-way fee to transport the firearm. On behalf of our members, I wrote to the President of Air Canada (Mr. Montie Brewer) and expressed our disappointment with this decision. I also informed him that the MLOA would be encouraging our industry and other outdoors associated groups to chose an alternate air line for not only business, but also for pleasure. We had an immediate response by phone but the explanation is still not acceptable and they intend to proceed. They have made a business decision and I have informed Air Canada that we can do the same and intend to choose an alternate air line. We do have choices as at this time, Air Canada is the only airline that has decided to levy this fee.
Other associations and interest groups are expressing their concerns and I believe, in this case, that "strength in numbers" is important. Therefore, I am asking that you consider e-mailing Mr. Brewer and express your concerns in a cordial and polite manner and simply tell him that you will no longer be using Air Canada nor will you recommend them to clients and friends. Withdrawing services is our most effective tool. This fee sends a very negative message to visitors and at this time, our industry cannot afford this. The MLOA will also be pursuing this with other associations and with Transport Canada.
The e-mail address for Mr. Brewer is and please copy your note to Mr. Rosenberg, an Air Canada vice president at as well as our office at Our affected members would appreciate the support of our allied members with this issue. This not only affects them, but may also have a negative impact on many of our allied members. Let's be heard....!!!!Should you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you.
Carl L. Wall
Executive Director



Anonymous Mac said...

There's several things wrong with Air Canada (ie: administered out of Montreal, unionized to the point of stupidity, etc) but their stance on guns is simply bizarre. That being said, I've never seen a gun sent as "checked luggage" aboard a flight.

5/17/2006 9:30 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

That's it alright...
The Gun Issue is nothing more than a money grab.
The problem is that many traveling customers of Canadian outfitters who fly in to our country or through it to the nearest jumping off point are going to be bushwhacked by the AC service people at some point.

There are already enough safeguards in the system and the AC people are simply providing a dis-incentive for these visitors.

5/18/2006 11:31 a.m.  
Blogger Steve said...

They are just using this as an excuse to extract more money from customers.

I enquired a short while ago about the cost of bringing our small dog with us on a trip. Previously, the fee was something like $15 each way. It has now jumped to $40. It's a money grab pure and simple.

5/18/2006 1:42 p.m.  
Anonymous Mac said...

I didn't think of the sport hunters. I've always been a "you shot it, you stew it" kinda guy.

AC needs money grabs since their backstop (the Liberal Party) aren't there to bail them out now.

5/18/2006 6:06 p.m.  

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