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Old 10-10-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Checking your guitar on a plane??

Alright so I'm going to mexico here pretty soon, and I was thinking about taking it with me. Obviously I can't carry it on or I would haha. I'm sure a lot of us have seen how they chuck bags, and its quite shocking honetly. I'm afraid they're going to break it! I have a gator hard case I believe its the gator GW-Classic... And inside is a Seagull s6 orginal. Sny input would be nice... Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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I'm curious, why can't you carry it on? I don't have any experience with checking my guitar, but I have brought my electric guitar on board with me on about a dozen flights.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #3
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The chucking of items is no worse in the airline industry than in the shipping industry. Treat it as if you were shipping it to someone. It should be fine if well packed in a hardshell case.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #4
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United Breaks Guitars. He's a local Cape Breton fella who is making quite a name for himself because of this mishap. True story. And over 12 million hits.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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United Breaks Guitars. He's a local Cape Breton fella who is making quite a name for himself because of this mishap. True story. And over 12 million hits.


It's been a few years since I saw that, it's very good, thanks for refreshing my memory!
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:43 PM   #6
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regular hardshell cases aren't gonna cut it if you're not gonna pack the hell out of it. the shipping analogy is accurate. you should be able to carry it on, but check with the airline anyway.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
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When my fencing club goes to australia, they pack all their gear in bags 2 or 3x the height of a hardshell case each and carry it on, so a hardshell case shouldn't be a problem. Just loosen the strings so it doesn't warp, place it in the overhead locker, and be REALLY OBNOXIOUS at the end of the flight.

That's what I'd do.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:10 AM   #8
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I may have been lucky, but I've gotten away with an electric in a hybrid case packed underneath the plane for four consecutive flights, one of which was a flight from LA to Sydney.

Even luckier was an acoustic in a soft case, again underneath the plane. I totally wrapped/braced it with socks and jumpers and stuff. It was a cheapie guitar and was completely expecting it to break. However it came out the other side fine and still have it now. Again, this flight route included an LA-Sydney.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:41 AM   #9
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I may have been lucky, but I've gotten away with an electric in a hybrid case packed underneath the plane for four consecutive flights, one of which was a flight from LA to Sydney.

Even luckier was an acoustic in a soft case, again underneath the plane. I totally wrapped/braced it with socks and jumpers and stuff. It was a cheapie guitar and was completely expecting it to break. However it came out the other side fine and still have it now. Again, this flight route included an LA-Sydney.


oh yeah, it's completely possible, and very fortunate, but it goes without saying that you can't expect baggage handlers to give a shit about your possibly expensive instruments every time. i wouldn't risk it if you can help it.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:13 AM   #10
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I may have been lucky, but I've gotten away with an electric in a hybrid case packed underneath the plane for four consecutive flights, one of which was a flight from LA to Sydney.

Even luckier was an acoustic in a soft case, again underneath the plane. I totally wrapped/braced it with socks and jumpers and stuff. It was a cheapie guitar and was completely expecting it to break. However it came out the other side fine and still have it now. Again, this flight route included an LA-Sydney.



I also have travelled a couple time siwth my acoustic in a soft case packed out with clothes. they always label it fragile and have been very good. Mind you it was only a domestic one hour flight.

Flying international I took my old classical guitar that had stickers all over it and looked fairly worn. they let me carry it on no case or anything just strung over my back and I put it int he overhead. But on the return trip they were more anal and would not let me carry it on - apparently it was a security risk (my playing wasn't that bad)

I had to check it (I had no case) they slapped a fragile sticker on it and it came out the other side without any scratches it didn't have going in (i knew all the scratches). It would not have sold for much but was very valuable to me it had great tone and a lot of sentimental value.

It's gone now though. Stolen at a party.

But yeah if your guitar is valuable and/or your only guitar - be safe.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:48 AM   #11
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Haha live and learn I guess. I don't even put my guitar in the car without a case.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:37 AM   #12
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Can the Aussies in this thread tell me which airline to use if I wanted to put a guitar in a soft gig bag in the overheads?

I flew with Jetstar a few months ago, and their overhead restrictions are ridiculously small.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:30 PM   #13
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Yeah, check with the airline. I took mine on a flight from Toronto to Vancouver and they let me put my guitar in the closet along with the crew's jackets and stuff.

And KonaNuNu beat me to the United Breaks Guitars video. One of the best songs ever. LOL.

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