To be fair, this is
in Easyjet's conditions (has been for more than a year) and those of most other airlines. So we've all got to get used to the idea that we'll generally have to bag or box a bike to fly it these days.
From a campaigning perspective there are a number of good reasons why it would be unreasonable for CTC to object to that:
1: Maybe yours isn't, but bikes are generally oily and dirty. We try to avoid getting that oil onto our own panniers, so it's a bit unreasonable to expect other people's suitcases to take their chances of acquiring a dab of it during the airport baggage melee!
2: We must also consider the finer feelings of airport baggage handlers.
3: Most cyclists protect their bikes somehow already when flying, so it's perceived as a normal and reasonable thing to do.
It behoves CTC to nevertheless ensure that the form of covering required is not unduly expensive or awkward for a cyclists to carry to and from the airport, and that it is readily available.
Most (if not all) carriers accept a simple bag of heavy-duty polythene, indeed BA originated the practice by providing such bags free to any cyclist checking in with them (still available at Gatwick I believe). To help cyclists travelling with other airlines and from other airports, CTC has sourced a supply of similar bags which are available from the Shop: (A href=" http://www.ctcshop.com/product.jsp?style=29977
" target=_blank>product CT224</A>. These bags cost only £4 (£3.60 to members) weigh under 1kg and can be rolled up small enough easily to carry, to leave at your first night's stop for later collection – or to post to your destination if undertaking a one-way trip.