1. avatar Wasp Boy
    A quick question.

    I have an acoustic which I'd like to take on a flight with me, but I have no hard case for it.

    Do any of you know if a guitar can be brought on as hand-luggage, or would the airline not be happy about this?

    It's Easyjet, so if any of you have had experience of this, please let me know.

  2. avatar EPK
    You'll be lucky.
    I've never managed to get one on other than as baggage.
  3. avatar Wasp Boy
    Thanks. I think I'll leave it until I get a hard case, just to be safe.

    Kindly blast this thread into smithereens.

  4. avatar EPK
    I lit the blue touch paper but it sizzled out.
    Stand back from it for a while...just in case.
  5. avatar Wasp Boy
    It's all a bit Mission Impossible.....
  6. avatar mcstick
    My first post!
    I would be very surprised if they allowed it. I've brought guitars on as baggage but not as hand luggage. They have limits on the size of hand luggage and a guitar would certainly exceed those limits.
    There would be nowhere to put it when you get on the plane.
    I'm afraid you're gonna have to get a case unless you trust the baggage handlers with your unprotected guitar! I wouldn't!!
  7. avatar Jim Cava
    Most of the bigger carriers will allow you on board with a guitar.Ryanair/Easyjet however will not-ever! They have serious size restrictions.
    If you travel with any large instrument make sure that you have a very good case.Baggage handlers are idiots and they will do their utmost to destroy all fragile things!
  8. avatar thesneakybandit
    My first post!
    i read somewhere that easyjet don't have size or weight restrictions anymore and as long as it fits in the wee overhead locker it's alright... i might be wrong though.
  9. avatar EPK
    You might get it to fit in there...with a hammer. And the other people wanting to use the locker will love you so much there'll be a fist fight.
  10. avatar what was left
    I flew with Malaysian Airlines with a battered old acc' as hand luggage. It was ten years ago though and 9/11 may have deemed guitars as offensive weapons. Air pressure inside an aircraft can do terrible things to instruments, so if you do bring it, you take it at your own risk!

    Phone the airline, they'll tell you for definite.
  11. avatar Rory McConnell
    My first post!
    ive brought a couple of guitars on easy jet before. theyve always been cool about it. most of the time they stick it in the front couple of overhead lockers no one uses, but sometimes they let you leave it by the steps as you board the plane, then pick it up as soon as you get off (ie, on the runway, not having to go through baggage claim)
  12. avatar Wasp Boy

    I think I'll leave it until I'm getting the coach over.

    It's not my guitar y'see. I'm delivering it to someone and I don't want anything to happen to it!
  13. avatar w00fie
    bmi let me on wit my guitar . was a local flight like though. hmm
  14. avatar Javashrine
    I've had trouble with this before, Aer Lingus have let me take my acoustic on a flight from Dublin to Heathrow before, but I think that was only because there were extra seats, so it got strapped in and all.
    For long-haul flights, there's no problem at all, just ask them to put it in the wardrobe for you and they stick your boarding pass in the strings, have done this severeal times.
    Though once the woman at check in was adamant that she wouldn't let me go on through unless I found a suitable case for it, yes, offensive weapon jargon, so I checked in the rest of my stuff and said I'll be back with it when I'd found a case.
    I just walked to the gate and they were superhelpful, no probs at all.

    And yes, ALWAYS detune your strings when putting flying.

    And yes, Baggage handlers are fúckers, my guitarist has lost two, yes TWO, 12-strings (one a Taylor) to these cúnts, so do beware.
  15. avatar Jim Cava
    "Air pressure inside an aircraft can do terrible things to instruments"- this is a commonly held misconception.The hold of a plane is also pressurised.The cold wont be too much of a problem.It really is the baggage handlers which are the most dangerous part of the journey for a guitar( or anything fragile).
    Easyjet have no weight restrictions but their size restriction is laughable-not too bad if you play the concertina tho.
    Even if you get it past the baggage dudes ,watch out for customs.I had a friend that had the neck of his (very expensive) banjo sawn off by customs flying in from Amsterdam.They must have X-rayed the thing,saw the truss rod and assumed it was drugs!
    Cue banjo jokes....
  16. avatar Jim Cava
    If you travel even a reasonable amount and you have a good instrument,insurance is the only way to go.
    I have found Cornhill to offer the best cover for the travelling musician-better than the ones that are constantly advertised in music shops
  17. avatar Javashrine
    Yeah, get some decent cover.
    The first of the aforementioned 12-string incidents was lucky enough, Aer Lingus paid out for that to near enough the full value of the guitar.
    But, they did not pay out for the second (which was the more expensive, bought in part by the first payout)
  18. avatar Jim Cava
    Today loss and damage is compensated according to weight.Something like £10 per kilo(not sure of exact figure but it isnt much).Some airways(eg RyanAir) make you sign a disclaimer before they will check your instrument.
    Unless you have an extremely worthless instrument it is essential that you have insurance when using air travel
  19. avatar Le Sac Magique
    i'm not sure what it cost us, but myself and a friend had a job in a pub in ibiza, and on the way out my solid gutiar case managed to end up a different shape, luckily i had detuned the guitar and covered it in enough towels etc to protect it
  20. avatar exportsimsie
    brought my guita on as hand luggage a bunch of times.
  21. avatar what was left
    Jim Cava, air pressure does fluctuate inside an aircraft, these fluctuations, a well as temperature changes do not suit stringed instruments. I'm not relying on science to back up my claims, just personal experience.
  22. avatar tinpot anto
    The pressure can have an effect on wood by stressing air trapped in the xylematic structure.
    The real beast is the relative humidity of well below 20% for a couple of hours, for a guitar acclimatised to our damp weather this is a real shock to the system, a bit like sticking the thing in the oven for a few minutes.

    That's why flight cases are sealed to keep the humidity constant.

    **PLEASE PUT ME IN THE ARCHIVES/FAQ'a** Edited by: tinpot anto at: 22/12/04 8:47 am
  23. avatar drain_you