[Dixielandjazz] Trombone On Airlines
Robert S. Ringwald
Fri, 13 Sep 2002 18:37:43 -0700
Stan Brager asked about taking a trombone in a commercial airliner.
A year or so ago, Mike Starr trombone & Scott Anthony banjo (both with Bob
Schulz Frisco Band) arrived @ the Oakland Airport to fly Southwest to OR for
a Jazz festival.
The ticket agent would not let them carry their instruments aboard. Since
neither of them had a travel case suitable for checking, they went back home
& did not make the festival.
This can happen at any time. It is not worth taking the chance. You might
have to either go ahead & check your horn, or go home & lose the money you
paid for the flight.
Gary Reynolds, trombone for Fulton Street JB has been sending his trombone
through baggage in the normal case. I keep telling him that he is crazy.
So far he has been lucky but I know his luck is going to run out.
After the incident with Mike Starr & Scott Anthony, 4 of us, Ralph Thompson,
Scott Anthony, Jim Marsh & I bought traveling banjo cases from the same
company that Jack Vincum from Climax JB got his. We have all used them &
they go through baggage just fine with no damage to our instruments. Both
Jim & Jack have taken their instruments around the world many times with no
I strongly advise against checking a valuable musical instrument through
airline baggage, even if they mark it fragile. To some baggage workers, the
word fragile on an item means you throw it 20 feet farther.
A couple of years ago an airline pilot member of DJML posted a message
telling what goes on with your baggage behind the scenes. If I still have
that message & can find it, I'll post it on DJML.
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