Formerly known as "nachoman"
what are folks' experiences of getting tenors on as cabin baggage? Common wisdom is that it's usually feasable for altos but tenors are a risk... any of you folks had much direct experience?
Another few ))))))))Phew- made it both ways without mishap- for future reference, on-line check in is definately the way to go. BA we're absolutely cool about the tenor throughout...
Apparently getting away better than the previous saw player in the band, who- following an altercation with Swedish custom ("its an offensive weapon!" "no, its a musical instrument!") was required to play a tune on it in the middle of check-in. cue for a small hoard of japanese tourists to appear and start snapping photos )) ))
This item is described at http://www.musiceducationuk.com/news/2012/5/29/ism-condemns-bas-change-to-carriage-of-musical-instruments-p.html. There's a lot of posts about this on BA's Facebook page: British Airways. You can't start new threads, but musicians are adding their comments to existing threads faster than BA can delete them.I know there have been more recent posts on this subject but this came up first when I did a search, so here you are.
Item in my daily paper today about violins, but must apply to other instruments. BA have said they have reduced the length of instrument cases allowed in overhead lockers from 50 inches to 22. That would seem to rule out most things apart from a curved sop. Forum members will no doubt use their usual resourcefullness to get round this (don't fly BA?), but you might need to be more ready with the strategy than previously!
I've taken my tenor (Hiscox case) on Bombardiers on six journeys. On one, the cabin crew put it in their cupboard with their own bags. On the second, I took it to the bottom of the steps and handed it to the crew, who put it in the hold with the pushchairs. (These two journeys were from Southampton to France and back on FlyBE). For the other four journeys (Air New Zealand at Christchurch, Nelson and Auckland), I put it in the overhead storage. I was also able to take it from Gatwick to New Zealand via Dubai on Emirates 747s, again in the overhead storage lockers....A lot will depend on the type of plane - if you're on something small like a Bombardier or Avro, then you've no chance...