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steve mac

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Flew home for the first time ever today with an acoustic guitar as I have had my others shipped and I have been worried about it for weeks. So first of all I rang up the company last week and they said the only way to get the thing in the cabin was if it was in a soft case and then it would be up to the cabin crew on the day. So as my guitar came with a hard case (but not hard enuf to survive in the hold) I bought a cheap gig bag. Today we arrived at a huge security queue at the airport as we approached an official called us over and told us to bypass the line and went to the disabled security area, where we were warmly welcomed and passed straight through saving us over an hour of lining up. At the gate, following advice I read on a forum, I essentially hid the guitar down by my side and when called just walked through with a quick flash of my boarding card by my wife. On the plane a stewardess spotted the guitar and helped me place it into an overhead compartment and after putting our other bag in against it to stop it moving around, she closed the lid and made sure no one else placed anything else in there.

At the end of the flight she assisted in getting us off the plane.

All in all it was amazing, we both agreed it was the easiest boarding and alighting from an airplane ever. Almost to the point that we joked about buying a beater to take with us on all future flights.

We flew Thomas Cook who fly all over Europe and to the States and other countries, can wholeheartedly recommend them.

Cheers Steve

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you are lucky...

 

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I did fly to a Geezerfest (HC members from several years back) in Tulsa OK a few years back, and they (United) let us take the guitars on (we had to check our carry ons for $20 though...:mad: ) but the plane wasn't full and the guitars got their own seats...and the flight attendants were, ummm...very attentive... ;)

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Very nice...

 

And surprising...I recently just got back from a trip to Kauai, and was given a minor bit of grief about bringing mine as an overhead item. As well, it is a travel guitar, a neat little neck with screw in bars that allow straps to connect. Really just a stick with frets and a pickup :) Even so though, in a smallish tripod bag, I was questioned a few times and given pause. Nothing horrible, just a bit of thick attitude in the air...

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If you are in the and can, US fly southwest. We have done three fly and play shows. No hassle for hard cases in the overheads. flew a 76 key board, in baggage hold, no issues , it was at the max limits and a squeak over and they handled it fine. A paddes gig case is fine too. I was worried the first time I flew the board. Bought a good ata case and went for it. NO guts no glory.

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If you are in the and can, US fly southwest. We have done three fly and play shows. No hassle for hard cases in the overheads. flew a 76 key board, in baggage hold, no issues , it was at the max limits and a squeak over and they handled it fine. A paddes gig case is fine too. I was worried the first time I flew the board. Bought a good ata case and went for it. NO guts no glory.

 

 

That's pretty solid advice right there! I'll file this under "great to know"!

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The question I always grapple with is...

 

Is it carrier specific? Or at the whim of the people at the boarding counter? I am always worried that the decision is arbitrary, and that from flight to flight you may be in danger...Even if one allows it one time, the next time they may ask you to gate check...

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The question I always grapple with is...


Is it carrier specific? Or at the whim of the people at the boarding counter? I am always worried that the decision is arbitrary, and that from flight to flight you may be in danger...Even if one allows it one time, the next time they may ask you to gate check...

 

Very much at the whims of the airline/employees...it's a rule w/ me to look up the individual airline's policy and make a copy of it, to show whoever hassles me (saves a lot of time!)

 

One of the most annoying flying experiences was when I'd bought both of my guitars their own seats and was informed that the plane was over-sold, and there wasn't enough room in the over-heads, so they'd have to go into the luggage hold...that got complicated quickly!

 

Some handy tips:

http://truefire.com/blog/sevens/7-tips-for-flying-with-your-guitar-part-1/

http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/advice/flying.shtml

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1235.shtm

http://www.cathedralguitar.com/Perf/Airlines.html

BTW, a $50 bill will often smooth the process... :idea:

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Very much at the whims of the airline/employees...it's a rule w/ me to look up the individual airline's policy and make a copy of it, to show whoever hassles me (saves a lot of time!)


One of the most annoying flying experiences was when I'd bought both of my guitars their own seats and was informed that the plane was over-sold, and there wasn't enough room in the over-heads, so they'd have to go into the luggage hold...that got complicated quickly!


Some handy tips:

http://truefire.com/blog/sevens/7-tips-for-flying-with-your-guitar-part-1/

http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/advice/flying.shtml

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1235.shtm

http://www.cathedralguitar.com/Perf/Airlines.html

BTW, a $50 bill will often smooth the process...
:idea:

 

Excellent! Thanks for this! Should be stickied :)

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Very much at the whims of the airline/employees...it's a rule w/ me to look up the individual airline's policy and make a copy of it, to show whoever hassles me (saves a lot of time!)


One of the most annoying flying experiences was when I'd bought both of my guitars their own seats and was informed that the plane was over-sold, and there wasn't enough room in the over-heads, so they'd have to go into the luggage hold...that got complicated quickly!


Some handy tips:

http://truefire.com/blog/sevens/7-tips-for-flying-with-your-guitar-part-1/

http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/advice/flying.shtml

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1235.shtm

http://www.cathedralguitar.com/Perf/Airlines.html

BTW, a $50 bill will often smooth the process...
:idea:

 

First off the baggage holds are airliners are pressurized and have climate control. If they didnt all the {censored} in your bags would blow up and freeze. With a good ATA case odds are the ramp guys will not break your guitar. When it doubt check with the airline.

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