SAS just informed me in writing that small stringed instruments such as violins, mandolins, etc are now banned as carry-on items on their planes.
Their exact words were "A violin (with normal measurements)will not fit within the maximum measurments thus not possible to bring it on board."
Nevermind the fact that a single violin in a typical case is smaller in overall volume than most carryons and easily fits in the overhead bins.
Each instrument must be checked (and very possibly will get smashed) for an additional fee of $60 USD.
This happened recently to some friends of mine on a flight from the US to Sweden. Luckily their instruments weren't damaged, but they were out an unexpected $120 and spent the flight worrying about their violins. They have vowed never to fly SAS again.
Just FYI to players used to bringing their instruments on board.
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