Flying with Two Violins
In a short while I am planing to purchase an electric violin (so excited!!). This means, that for the first time in my life, I will be using two violins. I travel quite a bit with my instrument and often fly with it. So far, I have had several frighteningly close shaves with the "you can't take the violin as hand luggage" problem and I'm wondering what will happen with two violins! Has anyone had experience with this?
Is is reasonably safe to travel with two small cases as hand luggage without risking the wrath of the personal? Or should I look into double cases? Having said that, has anyone ever flown with a double case? I am worried that they are too big.
Any suggestions on flight-friendly double cases or experiences with two instruments would be very much appreciated.
I would say that having a double case is calling for double trouble (queue in Stevie Ray Vaughan) . If they do not let you carry it on board, both violins may end up in the luggage, or you will miss your flight!
I agree with Rocky. Get the best suspension case you can find and check your electric violin in it.
Take your normal violin in the case, wrap the electric one in bubble plastic, tape it, and put in in a handbag, you can carry a handbag with you.
I never had any issue with taking a double violin case, but maybe that's airline-specific. And honestly, a double violin case is not any longer than a single violin case, just a bit wider, and it should not be any different to fit a double violin case in the overhead than a single violin case.
If you travel a lot with your violin you might want to have a look at the solution called trinity case (www.trinitycase.com). I have not used it myself or even seen it, but it looks like a great idea: A carbon fibre case just big enough for the violin itself. It fits on the diagonal inside a carry-on size bag with room for whatever else you need to carry on. And 2 bows are stored in a separate case that cunningly doubles as the handle for the wheeled case. When you board the plane you will be dragging your case by the handle just as everyone else. However, yours does not collapse as other handles do, but detaches and you can sneak it into the overhead cabin.
Thanks so much for your thoughts everyone!
Just buy a sturdy case for the electric violin (e.g., a Bobelock) and check it when you fly. It'll be fine.
Slightly off the subject... on my recent flight to Europe and back to Canada, 3 out of 4 flights were delayed on departure, at least in part because there was simply no room to store all carry-on luggage! It appears to me that the rules have been relaxed, especially after online check-in. Another reason is that most airlines now charge a lot for your 2nd piece of luggage, so people naturally put as much as they can into carry-on. Having said that, even if they let you carry on the double case, it does not mean that you will be able to store it in the overhead bin. It will also be too big to put it under the seat.
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