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Have any of you ever traveled by air where you were not permitted to carry your violin case onto the aircraft? If so, how did it work out?
I have a very sturdy case made by concord that came with the Realist RV5 that I bought from Fiddlerman 🙂 I think it would stand up to a lot more than most inexpensive cases.
P.S. I'll be flying Sunday
Tell you what - if it survives this on-trip - it's doing good ! Although - there seems to be a mind-set that this is a "re-run" of a much older occurrence - nonetheless - cool (well, not really, if it was your guitar / violin / expensive musical instrument / love-of-your-life )
Yeeeee haaaaa Darned Taylor as well - what a way to treat a fine musical instrument... no respect whatsoever... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr quote -
On March 31, 2008 Sons of Maxwell began our week-long-tour of Nebraska by flying United Airlines from Halifax to Omaha, by way of Chicago. On that first leg of the flight we were seated at the rear of the aircraft and upon landing and waiting to deplane in order to make our connection a woman sitting behind me, not aware that we were musicians cried out: “My god they’re throwing guitars out there.” Our bass player Mike looked out the window in time to see his bass being heaved without regard by the United baggage handlers. My $3500 710 Taylor had been thrown before his.
May be true, may be just made up for promo, who knows - but it is good! LOL You might also like to check out "Miss Irliwig's response" if you can still find it on youtube... ROFL
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Why would you not be permitted to carry your case as carry on? They are approved for carry on.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
I would be very wary of entrusting my violin (which means a lot to me) to baggage handlers who could care less and would treat it like garbage. I would definitely carry it on myself. Last thing I need is a good violin wrecked by entrusting it to some careless person who couldn't give a darn about it.
Depends on how much the violin means to you. I would never check in the violin as luggage.
I agree with Fiddlerman and what he posted. And that usually works, but not all the time. The last time I flew less than a month ago, in the real world, the airlines are getting more strict with carry ons. New FAA regs. state carry ons can be no larger than 24" long, 16" wide and 10" deep. No matter what the carry on is. Typical violin case is 30 to 31" long. The poor Lady who tried to carry on her violin, had to check it as baggage. She refused and did not take the flight.
Of course much discussion ensued, two other people had violins with them, they were with the Lady who didn't board the flight. The other 2, a man and a woman, said that most of the time they can carry on, with the regs Fiddlerman posted, but the airline showed the violin lady, their new regs.
So what to do, the two violinist put their violins in one of those small luggage type suit case with the wheels, they are the exact dimensions that is permitted by the airlines for carry ons. The Violin is 23.5 inches long so it fit snug, and then they padded with bubble wrap. Their bows they carefully packed with their checked in baggage.
Hope this helps, Good Luck, what Fiddlerman posted should be all you need, but the regs on carry ons are constantly changing, the airlines are just trying to get an extra 25 bucks for another checked in baggage.
My late father was a professional airline capt'n for Braniff and USair.
I've traveled 4 different times between Miami ( my mom lives in Central Florida ) and Buenos Aires Argentina and Santiago de Chile, and I have yet to ever been hassled, not even "once" luckily.
Once we flew on "Aerolineas Argentinas" the 2nd time with "American Airlines" and the last 2 with "LANChile" and never a problem.
It seems the U.S. and European domestics are the worst offenders. You just have to stand your ground with them and if you have to be persistent and firm with them, you have to do it. We spend upwards of $100's or even $1000 to $1200 on planetickets these days and we have every right to expect to carry our fragile instruments on as carry ones. As a matter of fact, U.S. law now dictates it and do you know, the airlines lobbied hard in Congress against this.
By the way, if you do travel to latin-america, fly with "LANChile" great prices, service, aircraft and professional crews...and very musician friendly I might add.
" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"
I've never travelled with my fiddle, I've only flown once since I started playing to stay a week with my parents in Indiana. I read on another forums about someone checking their violin and all The moisture being sucked out of it and it was a while before it sounded good again. I ended up not taking mine because I couldn't fit my laptop in my bag so I had to keep it in a smaller bag as my "pe
rsonal item" that I put under the seat in front of me. I had only been playing for like 2 weeks so I wasn't hurt much by not playing it, though I did want to show my parents
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