I'll be traveling to Greece in May (from the US), on Continental air lines, my first transcontinental flight with my violin. (In Greece, I'll be on Olympus.) Although I've read through the old threads on flying with a violin, I'm looking for up-to-date information such as string tension (loose, tight, normal), humidifiers (the more the better?), extra padding in the case, propping up the bridge with padding around it (just in 'case'), etc.
What about the case itself? Is there any particular one that people recommend, i.e. that nice, light (3.5 lb) BAM shaped case (since you can put a bow in it, but no music), or the Gig bag?
Is it safe to take my good instrument (my preference) or should I take my cheaper one?
Would you carry the case as hand luggage, or over your shoulder, or wear it as a backpack?
Is special insurance recommended - or even available?
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