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« on: October 08, 2017, 01:17:54 PM »

I recently returned from a vacation in Ireland.
I was told many things, and have heard many horror stories from professional musician friends, and I've had my own share of nightmares over the course of my career.

I was told NOT to take one my BZ guitars.
I was told not to take a rosewood guitar at all.
I was told (and know from experience) to take a "beater," if not doing "real" shows, and buying an extra seat on the carriers(s).
I was told, you can "gate check" your guitar-basically taking it right up to boarding, handing it over to them and some one takes it personally to the "hold" and returns it the same way-(similar with, say, baby strollers etc.)


THIS is what happened to me on two flights overseas, and two flights returning to North America.

Although I DO have Calton professional flight cases, (heavy) I chose to take my old Yamaha beater in a TRIC case (super light weight, protection from sudden temperature drops, very very good guitar cases.

I walked to my first departure gate, and expected to be handing the guitar over to some-one. Didn't happen.
They said, carry it right on board sir, we'll find a spot for it.
 They did, and gave it back to my immediately upon my first transfer ( Amsterdam).
 The second, smaller jet, I expected to hand it over.
 they just said, carry it on, so i did.
 The stewardess said, "the flights not full, so we'll just strap it in beside you ok?"

OK!!!!

I carried the guitar off, and played several "sessions" and met many wonderful musicians by doing so.

 Return trip, Dublin to Amsterdam, jammed "short hop" smaller jet, I carried it on (with my other "carry on"- never checked a bag on this trip) and they put it in a closet for me, and gave it back to me as I left the plane.
Amsterdam to North America, same drill.

(wait for the real deal in a minute).

Customs in Canada, Amsterdam, and Ireland, didn't give a rats *ss what the guitar was or what it was made of.
 Clearly, they are interested another things (swabbing for any hint of explosive materials etc).
my ear ring, metal, fluids (bathroom stuff has to be in a separate plastic bag in your gear etc.)

NOT once did anyone give me a single bit of grief over the guitar, either by where it was made, who made it, what it was made of or how big it was.

NO i won't take a BZ guitar out of my country, but next time I WILL take one of my beloved Larrivee's.

Oh ya, my most talented wife booked our flights after doing a LOT of research.
Free pillow, free blanket, free headsets, free snacks, free non alcoholic drinks, free wine, free beer, free scotch, free amazing food on a 7 hour flight, free baggage including guitar.

we flew "economy"-upgrade (more leg room).

 Yet were treated like first class.
 the carrier? KLM.
 price? less than $1,200 CAD return.

BEST way to fly.


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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 01:54:43 PM »

Good to hear a real life experience.  US Customs was not part of your experience, so I wonder how that would go (since it would be part of mine).

Thanks for taking the time to document how things went for you.

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 03:16:55 PM »

well as I discovered in flight, there are a mere 400 transatlantic crossings daily, which doesn't include pacific crossings.
 I'm sure others on this forum have lots of experience with flying in and out of USA, so they will enlighten us....
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 04:51:02 AM »

If I was travelling to Ireland I'd be tempted to leave all my guitars at home and bring back an Emerald X-20 from the folks up in Donegal. 

Glad you had a great trip.

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 03:58:25 PM »

I wouldn't take any chances.
Hope you had a good time
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 05:51:47 AM »

I wouldn't chance it with my 2 EIR L-models.  I think I'd be OK with carrying on my OM-03.  It has Khaya (African mahogany) back and sides.
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