Update from South African Air NEW FEES

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  1. Terry Blauwkamp

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    Do you mean the little lady in the back room at ORT who signs your guns in? She's OK, known her for years.
     

  2. superdutch

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    No, I wasn't in Namibia, I was initially referencing the ticketing agent in PE, and comparing her to every South African police officer in a gun registration office I ever met.
     

  3. enysse

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    As a whole if people stopped all together tipping people for doing there job in the airport check-ins there would be less problems. It’s almost become a hostage situation with people seeking money to do their job....and if you don’t tip and your gun disappears what do you do? For me this is “real negative to hunting in Africa”.
     
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  4. SheHunter

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    Any news, or advice, on two hunters putting both their rifles in just one case? Wondering if the airlines will require that we each have our own case, since we have seperate registration of firearm, even though we are a married couple with same last name.
     

  5. PeteG

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    does this apply in the SA airlink and SA Express flights as well?
     

  6. superdutch

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    You won't need separate cases. In fact if it we me, (assuming you are American) I might put both rifles on one of you and save a little hassle in the gun room.
     

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    Wouldn't the "most significant carrier"-rules govern this?
     

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    Thanks for the reply : We are flying from Denver through New York & JoBurg to Namibia early Sept. ( Jet-Blue & SAA) We are already set up with each having separate registration papers, just as we have done on previous visits to Namibia: We have always declared each/own rifles, ammo, scopes, cameras etc etc, but carried both our rifles in one case. We use a SKB hard-shell golf case. Just got concerned that we might run into snags, with all the new pressure on hunters traveling with firearms. Luckily we bought our tickets before the new fees went into effect, hopefully we don't get hassled over that.
     
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  9. Hogpatrol

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    Save yourself a possible headache and put both rifles on the same 4457. There's no need to do it any other way.
     
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  10. Philip Glass

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    I seriously considered it for this years Safari to Namibia. The long 9 hour layover is Doha basically made the decision for me. I will look at the Arab carriers next time I am headed to Southern Africa solo as I’d attempt to get a business class seat that is cost prohibitive on Delta.
    Philip
     
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  11. Philip Glass

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    Yes but how much does the Safari cost? This is all a pain but it is just the way it is and a small % of the total Safari cost. Y’all know I’m a big proponent of taking your own gun on safari
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    Count me as one of them. The level of service on Emirates is 100000 times better than SAA, and the flights are cheaper from my home airport. Matter of fact, I have been completely avoiding South Africa all together. Its sad nowadays that things run smoother and more organized in Zambia and Zimbabwe than in RSA.
     
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    Just booked...easy...Qatar to Windhoek for next June with Lori. I am done with the Delta cattle car economy discomfort premium pricing...booked business class out of ORD for about 1 k more than Delta economy discomfort+. At my age and time in life bargains don’t seem like bargains when you are squeezed into a seat built for a 135 lb girl. The SAA fee was the straw that broke the camels back for me. Just the principal of it all. ATL to Joberg, overnite and then clearing rifle and ammo again, tip again and on to WDH. If I can not afford the extra 1 k for business, then I can not afford the hunt and should stay home and go squirrel hunting...(have not hunted squirrels in 50 years).
     

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