Interesting read. Other than Dolly sending my boards all over the globe via air, the last time I directly worked with a company p/u packed shipping of my boards was FLYING TIGER. That was probably 2002-04.A little bit about the Known Shipper program that I found online.
"Known shippers have access to one major advantage: access to additional airplanes and routes.
Shippers who are not in the Known Shipper Management System (KSMS) are solely allowed to ship on cargo-only aircraft. However, once approved by TSA, known shippers are able to move goods via both cargo-only aircraft and passenger aircraft.
How Can I Become a Known Shipper?Here’s where things get a little tricky. First of all, no one but TSA knows the exact requirements for approval to become a known shipper. They keep their vetting process confidential to maintain the integrity of the program.
Additionally, there’s no “official” way to apply directly through TSA.
So your best path to becoming a known shipper is to work with an experienced freight forwarder. They can submit your profile directly to TSA for approval.
Once you are entered for consideration in the database, TSA may ask for additional information. They may require a site inspection. You may also be asked to submit documents such as historical shipping records and other business information."
So basically, there is no way one of us is going to get a board shipped by air. TSA is not going to waste time inspecting your house so that you can ship a couple boards per year. Though it might make sense for a business like Bruce Fowler's.
I don't even know if they still exist.