October 8 2018  |  Airline & Terminal News

​United makes flights to CA surfboard friendly

By Rick Lundstrom

United's passenger screening area at LAX

To celebrate California recently naming surfing as the state's official sport, United Airlines has removed the service fees for surfboards for passengers traveling to or from California.

Effective October 5, passengers traveling with a surfboard, wakeboard or paddleboard on direct United Airlines or United Express itineraries that originate or end at any California airport will not have to pay the previous $150 or $200 service fee to check the items. The regular checked-bag fee will apply.

United is also donating $50,000 to Sustainable Surf, a California-based environmental nonprofit that operates as an innovation lab using surfing as a force for good — to solve the ocean health crisis by 2050.

"California made it official: surfing is our state sport. We want to make it easier for customers to surf our beautiful beaches, whether they're visiting or call the Golden State home," said Janet Lamkin, United's president for California, in the October 4 announcement. "This partnership continues our commitment to the environment by supporting an organization like Sustainable Surf, which helps keep our beaches beautiful."

Through United's donation, Sustainable Surf will continue to focus on a variety of programs that address environmental impacts on the ocean by educating local and global communities.

United connects almost 18 million annual passengers through its hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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