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Old 01-02-2019, 03:43 AM   #21
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Update : boarded at both LAX and a small regional airport and had no issue whatsoever with TSA or being able to bring the pipes in their case onto the plane.


Thats good news. Which airline did you use?

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Old 01-02-2019, 12:32 PM   #22
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It would seem guitar players have far more to fear than we do ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc...&feature=share

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Old 01-02-2019, 04:12 PM   #23
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"This comes up a lot. Under NO circumstances should you check your case with your pipes in it. The issue isnít baggage handling ... it's temperature changes. There are various types of baggage compartments, all of which will have some climate controll, but you have absolultely no way of know what will be what, and where."

I had this problem last summer when traveling to the west coast for a gig. I had purchased a cheap, no-frills ticket in coach which consigned me to the last group to board. When I got to the door of the plane, I was told by a stewardess that there was no more overhead space. I was told that I would have to check my carry-on. When I explained that it contained an expensive musical instrument that would most likely suffer damage if stowed in the plane's hold with no temperature or pressure controls, I was given the choice of leaving them behind or deplane and catch another flight. Reluctantly, I chose to check my bag. Fortunately (after the 6 hr. flight), the pipes suffered no damage. I guess I got lucky. Greatly relieved, I swore that the next time I had to take my pipes on an airplane, I would upgrade my seat and pay the TSA whatever they wanted for hassle-free security access. Flight was on American.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:50 PM   #24
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I sold a nice ABW chanter top to a chap in California last week.
It left Missouri in pristine condition and was shipped by USPS Priority.
It arrived in California split. Dead on arrival (DOA).

So sad...it was a really nice piece of wood.

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Old 01-03-2019, 03:50 AM   #25
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Thats good news. Which airline did you use?

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I flew DELTA Airlines.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:47 AM   #26
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I sold a nice ABW chanter top to a chap in California last week.
It left Missouri in pristine condition and was shipped by USPS Priority.
It arrived in California split. Dead on arrival (DOA).

So sad...it was a really nice piece of wood.


This time of year especially, itís risky. Shows what can happen, sadly. Sorry to hear it.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:48 AM   #27
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I flew DELTA Airlines.


Good to hear, thanks!
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:28 AM   #28
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I take mine with me 2 -3 time a year for about 10 years now when I visit the family (domestic flights in the U.S.). I've taken Southwest, American, United, and Delta, and have never had a problem; though I've always been able to get on fairly early.


I pack them in my hard case. Its small enough and fits easily in the typical overhead spaces and protects them from any extra shoving. That may be an issue on some of the smaller planes where the overhead isn't much bigger than the glove box in your car.....so check the size/type of the plane.
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:48 PM   #29
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I was near the end of the line getting on all my flights and my connection was on one of those little CRJ 700 jets. No issues being able to carry on the pipes. I have the Hardie backpack case.
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:39 PM   #30
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Anyone with experience flying Logan Air from Edinburgh to Orkney? The stated size for carry-on on their web site (40 X 30 X 18 cm) is quite small and while it is a relatively short flight during the summer (August) I'd rather not risk putting my pipes in checked luggage.

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