I know that there are a number of other discussions (viewtopic.php?t=118815) on this topic, but I could not find the answer to this specific question.
Allegedly, the best option to carry your guitar on an airplane is as carry-on luggage, because if the instrument travels as a checked bag, it may undergo serious damage, even if its is in a rigid, high-quality case. I have heard that, despite the fact that in the EU there is no law formally allowing to bring musical instruments as carry-on, the crew is usually nice to musicians, and may let them keep the instrument in the cabin, placing it in a designated space for the crew.
I usually travel with Vueling, whose rules (https://www.vueling.com/en/vueling-serv ... al-luggage) on musical instruments are clear:
So if the flight is overbooked and I bought no extra seat, I may find myself on the plane arguing with the crew, which may ultimately leave me no choice but to carry the guitar as checked-in luggage. So basically I either don't fly, or take the risk of damaging the instrument.Musical instruments
- Any instrument inside its case.
- If you wish to carry it on board with you, you can book an extra seat.
Has any of you been in this specific situation? What happened? Did you manage to sort this out? Did you give up the flight?
Thank you for your feedback!
PS Just out of curiosity, how do world-famous players solve this problem when they travel with their guitar for a performance ? Do they have their own shipping service?