Taking a trumpet on a plane....

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by JonathanShaw, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. JonathanShaw

    JonathanShaw Pianissimo User

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    I'm flying from PA to Ontario Canada this weekend and playing trumpet for a couple Easter services. My case is a Reunion Blues double. Anyone have any experience with taking a trumpet on a plane?
     
  2. Stile442

    Stile442 Piano User

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    You are allowed to take it as a carry-on even if it is technically too big for one. This is due to the value and relatively delicate nature of the horn. The only thing is you might have to pull it apart at the security checkpoint so they can check it out. I had to last time I flew with my horn and they made me play it too. :lol:
     
  3. green_eagle18

    green_eagle18 Pianissimo User

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    haha, they asked me to play once but i declined because i was in a hurry. when I had a bach strad, one of the TSA security guys asked me if it was a violin. but i've never had any problem taking my trumpet on flights. i use a protec xtreme gig bag. its pretty big for just holding one trumpet, but i always manage to make it fit.
     
  4. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    I flew in January.

    No problem, they x-rayed it and I was on my way.

    I HATE FLYING!!!

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  5. cornetguy

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    even with the trumpet as a carryon i would still use a hard case for it. i use a Yamaha "heavywall" double case and I bought a case cover for it to carry oil and such.
     
  6. trpt2345

    trpt2345 Mezzo Forte User

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    I just use my gig bag and put it on the floor under the seat in front of me, never an overhead. I want it where I can see it and keep it between my feet.

    Michael McLaughlin
     
  7. Solar Bell

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    I used a Torpedo Bag, fits nicely under or above.

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  8. cornetguy

    cornetguy Mezzo Forte User

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    The torpedo bag is a hard shell though right?
     
  9. Happy Canuck

    Happy Canuck Piano User

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    Jonathon, check with your airline to see what the aircraft type is. If you are flying Air Canada, it most likely will be a CRJ and the overheads are VERY small and you'd have to put your horns on the floor. BUT the floor/under seat did take my Mike Vax trumpet/flug case and of course, so did security. Not sure if they are still making you carry fluids in a small bag you can show security so take a small contaner of valve oil!
     
  10. Tootsall

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    Yee HAW!
    Bill, I had to make a quick overnighter out to Vancouver and back courtesy of Scare Canada ... make sure your toothpaste is no more than 100 ml tube size! Other than that, no worries for carryon. You can take larger if you are checking baggage though.

    The new Airbus 340 is a nice ride; the Embreaer quite a bit smaller and bumpier than he!!.... if you are going over the mountains (probably not much chance of that down East!). Nice seatback "entertainment center" in both.
     

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