Travelling With Your Guitar
We've been asked this so many times, so here you go:
Each airline and airport will have a different policy regarding the size and shape of an instrument that can be stored in the overhead bin of an aeroplane or under the seat.
Airlines may also have their own rules about the number of bags you are allowed to take on the aircraft. Seats may have to be purchased for larger instruments, and some airlines have restrictions about the weight/baggage allowance for checked-in hold luggage.
Oversized musical instruments — such as a cello and double bass — cannot be brought on board our flights as cabin baggage. If you’d prefer not to check your musical instrument in, you may bring one on board by purchasing an extra seat to accommodate it. We’ll place the instrument on the floor and secure it to the seat frame with seat belts.
After proper packing, your musical instrument should be no larger than 127 cm /50 inches (height) x 45.72 cm /18 inches (width), and no heavier than 40 kg.
Travelling with instruments made of RARE MATERIALS?
--> Do you have Ivory or Brazilian Rosewood, Abalone or other materials built into your instrument?
--> Are you travelling overseas with your instrument?
If so, there are certain precautions you should take to protect your instrument, especially if travelling to the USA.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has for some time now been concerned with the illegal trade of endangered flora and fauna such as Brazilian Rosewood, African Ivory, Mother of Pearl and Abalone to name but a few. These species have for many years been used in instrument manufacture.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have introduced regulations that allow for instruments with certain endangered species to be seized by authorities when musicians have been entering or leaving the country when working.
CITES has recommended the use of a ‘Musical Instrument Certificate’ which, will identify when the instrument was bought, and should include accompanying purchase/transfer documentation and identifying photos of the instrument.