Instrument Airplane Travel

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by keehun, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. keehun

    keehun Piano User

    Feb 4, 2010
    Hi Everybody,

    Now that I am going on the BOA Honor Band... I just booked my tickets and sent in my first deposit...

    Now I must ask all of you for wise words on instrument travel on airplanes...

    I will probably just have one other bag for my clothes. Probably won't even bring my backpack (or at least shove a small empty backpack in to my clothes luggage because the costs are so exorbitantly high for extra bags these days...

    Anyways, I don't have a huge pelican case and I don't think the standard Bach Strad case could handle the very hurried handling of these bags on air travel.

    Can I carry-on my trumpet and send off my clothes/etc luggage? Do they consider trumpets a weapon?

    Regardless of the answers here, I will probably call Delta and ask but I thought I could gather some wise tips about travel, too, here.

    Thank you,
  2. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

    Jun 6, 2010
    I took my trumpet to Mexico last year .... Carry on all the way! I had to make special arrangements for an acoustic guitar and that was a nightmare.

    Carry on. If you want to be absolutely sure, call the airlines. ALWAYS just assume the very worst baggage handling from the airlines and plan for that.

  3. hahkeystah

    hahkeystah Piano User

    Jan 12, 2011
    Charlottesville, VA
    Hey Keehun, congrats again on your accomplishment, and I'm glad you got it worked out with your parents :D. My advice is absolutely to carry-on. Since theres lots of metal in the case, you'll have to let the TSA guys know as your going through security, and they'll open your case, and inspect it just to be safe. if they'res a way to lock the case i would recommend doing that (lock the case in front of the TSA guys). Do NOT put the bag under the plane. Most planes have a drop-off point in the bridge just before you board, if absolutely neccesary, drop your bag off there and pick it up as you disembark the plane. Just keep in mind that your horn can get knocked around inside the case, its not an absolute method of protecting the horn (obviously) and you'll be straight. Good luck out there and most importantly: Have Fun! We're all excited for you.
  4. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

    Jun 6, 2010
    I agree! Do NOT put the bag under the plane and don't drop it off before boarding. That was what led to my bad experience with my acoustic guitar. They wouldn't let me carry it on but I was able to drop it off at the boarding spot. THEN, it went under the plane. In Mexico, nobody showed up to help me find it and eventually, a young Mexican kid located it.:shhh:

    Avoid this if you can. Trumpet cases are smaller than most carry on bags and so there shouldn't be a problem. They may ask you not to practice during the flight.:dontknow:

  5. kcmt01

    kcmt01 Mezzo Forte User

    Sep 25, 2009
    Polson, MT
    It doesn't hurt to add some bubble wrap inside the case. I had a mouthpiece get loose once and it put a ding in my bell. You never know how rough someone will be even if it's a carry-on. It could get knocked out of the overhead, for example. Or kicked if it's under the seat.

    One more thing: They probably won't let you take valve oil, whether it's checked or carry-on.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2011
  6. bagmangood

    bagmangood Forte User

    You can carry-on horns and valve oil (put the valve oil and grease in the appropriate sized zip locked bag :roll:)
    They shouldn't give you any problem with carrying your horn on, TSA hasn't touched my case in the last few years (though they had checked it before).
  7. SPFTrumpet

    SPFTrumpet New Friend

    Nov 30, 2010
    New Jersey
    I just bring the trumpet in the case as my carry-on. I've never been stopped and just put it through the metal detector at the security checkpoint. Haven't had a single problem any of the times I've flown with it.
  8. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
  9. forrest

    forrest Piano User

    Aug 14, 2007
    St Louis MO
    I check valve oil and slide grease in my suitcase, in a baggie.

    If you do try to carry valve oil on, put it in your quart sized bag with your other liquids.

    Trumpet gets carried on. I use a Torpedo.
  10. hahkeystah

    hahkeystah Piano User

    Jan 12, 2011
    Charlottesville, VA
    you shoot the plane out of the water??

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