[Dixielandjazz] Violin as carry on baggage

Stephen G Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 22 15:47:27 PDT 2010

Best to check with each airline .

Here, for example, is Delta Airlines policy, from their website: The  
last paragraph applies. The footnote 1, in the text relates that  
flights to the UK do may accept them as free carry on. As long as they  
fit in the overhead, or in other spaces at time of boarding. And also  
note the last sentence. It would appear from their general policy is  
that violins are accepted as carry on, unless there is no space left.  
So it pays to get there early.

Steve Barbone

Musical Instruments
Traveling with a musical instrument? Musical instruments and/or  
equipment are accepted as checked baggage, carry-on baggage, or cabin- 
seat baggage depending on the size and shape. Please help us to keep  
your instrument safe by bringing it in a hard-shell case.
What Musical Instruments Can Be Checked?
Musical instruments or equipment can be checked if the total linear  
dimension (length+width+height) does not exceed 120 inches (305 cm)  
and provided the weight, including the case, does not exceed 100 lbs.  
(45 kg).

Standard rules and fees for overweight and oversized baggage
What Musical Instruments Can Be Carried On?
Guitars and other smaller musical instruments, such as violins, will  
be accepted as your free carry-on baggage item on Delta operated  
flights1. These items must easily fit in the overhead bin or other  
approved storage location in the cabin, based on available space at  
the time of boarding. If adequate space is not available, then the  
item must be checked and fees will apply.

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