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terbj - Posted - 05/10/2019:  20:16:27


Any advice about traveling with a mandolin on a jet airliner? Carry-on in the overhead bin?

MandoTom2 - Posted - 05/10/2019:  23:41:16


I've never taken any of my instruments on a plane...



I have a friend, however, whose worked as a baggage-handler at several national airports for close to 40 years...



He plays banjo and took some lessons from me...



His advice to me was: DON'T TAKE ANYTHING OF VALUE ON AN AIRPLANE!



Based on that advice, which I trust, I would choose to buy an inexpensive one on the other side or rent one...



Craigslist the town/state/country you're going to and see what's available?



It's always best to err on the side of caution...



Especially if your instrument is a prized possession.



All the best...



MandoTom2



 



 

UsuallyPickin - Posted - 05/11/2019:  06:45:32


Yes carry it in the overhead bin. THe problem is that it can still get kicked into luggage. If you have a regular case your instrument is likely not to survive unscathed from a ride through the system. If you have a valuable instrument or an instrument that means a great deal to you and you intend to fly buy a Calton or Hoffee case. A $$$ can move from instrument to instrument with onlt a few models with "fit" issues. Always pay any early boarding fee. That usually gets you on the plane when there is still room in the overheads. Luck R/

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