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    can anyone tell me if airlines allow passengers to hand carry a guitar into the cabin? anyone carried one in before?
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    Had no luck carrying it into a cabin before. I had to check in as a fragile item.

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    damn.. that's what i'm afraid of. fragile is one thing... missing is another...
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    It's not allowed I think, it's too long for the overhead compartment to fit in. Better get a hardcase for most cases.
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    saw someone hand carried to cabin on my last trip. but was requested to store on top in the lugguage compartment... if there is space

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    oh thats good. even a padded synthetic guitar bag can stand the shake.
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    I am under the impression that hand carrying a guitar onto the plane is not allowed anymore due to terrorism issues.

    I am also under the impression that unless the flight is not full, you are most probably going to have difficulty stowing the guitar onboard the cabin.

    so what I do with my guitars is, I check them in as fragile. all my guitars have hard cases, so that makes it easier.

    what you should do is, wind back the string a bit so that the tuning goes flat. you don't have to remove the strings, but just make sure you ease it off on the tuning. this ensures that the neck isn't under as much tension/stress when it is being stowed. also, I'm sure you will travel with socks and underwear, yah? stuff them around the guitar. wrap the bottom/base of the guitar with an underwear/soft cloth, so as to make the fit around the case more snug, and also to give it some extra cushioning. and oh, throw some silica gel into it as well. wrap it in a tissue paper or some paper envelope, and just chuck them into the guitar case. you do not want to know how much moisture can actually form on the instrument whilst being stowed in the luggage compartment!



    last but not least, ensure your guitar case is securely fastened/clasped down. also make sure that it gets placed into the fragile/unusually shaped items cage. it should normally be to the side of the check in counters of most major airports.




    and when you get to the country of destination, do not take it out of the case immediately. allow it to sit in the case overnight, so as to allow the instrument to acclimatise to the climate. you can open the case to see if there's any moisture that has formed as a result of the journey, and if so, quickly wipe it off with a soft cloth. but don't do anything with the guitar for a few hours until the instrument settles down.



    these are the tips that have been handed down to me by many many luthiers/guitar techs in Australia.

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    i've carried on the plane before. but also depends on what airline. both times i took was SQ. You can ask the people at the check in counter. they'll say it depends. so when you board the plane just ask the stewardess / steward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infiniteever View Post
    i've carried on the plane before. but also depends on what airline. both times i took was SQ. You can ask the people at the check in counter. they'll say it depends. so when you board the plane just ask the stewardess / steward.
    not to be snide, but I'm very skeptical when it comes to such communication.

    I've been turned back from the customs/final x-ray check before gates/before boarding the plane, even though I've been given the green light to bring my hand carry through by the ground grew at the check in counter.

    admittedly, it wasn't with guitars but with other my other major investment, ala my cameras and their lenses. but I would think that there might be the same issues when it comes to carrying a guitar on board, especially if you have other hand carried luggage like a laptop bag.
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    inform them beforehand, it depends on the airlines.

    i have seen guitar, surfboards carried on board before. it is not impossible.

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    december 2005 I brought my guitar onboard Perth -> Singapore, Singapore -> HongKong but HongKong -> Singapore and Singapore->Perth I couldn't be bothered anymore and just checked it in fragile.
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    thanks guys for the insights. will check with counter staff for more info.
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    not trying to scare you or anything but i've witnessed ground crew carelessly chucking a surfboard marked fragile. like. how cartoon restaurant managers would throw errant customers bodily out of the restaurant, that kind of throw.

    i never checked in anything as fragile after. i just insisted all the way and explained why i MUST hand carry. did that for a cpu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfurr View Post
    not trying to scare you or anything but i've witnessed ground crew carelessly chucking a surfboard marked fragile. like. how cartoon restaurant managers would throw errant customers bodily out of the restaurant, that kind of throw.

    i never checked in anything as fragile after. i just insisted all the way and explained why i MUST hand carry. did that for a cpu.
    fragile just means that instead of the regulation "drop from 6 feet", they drop it from 5 feet. the 1 feet allowance is for "fragile" items.
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    Default Re: Guitar Allowed Onboard a Plane?

    Quote Originally Posted by terryansimon View Post
    fragile just means that instead of the regulation "drop from 6 feet", they drop it from 5 feet. the 1 feet allowance is for "fragile" items.

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