How To Fly On A Plane With Your Guitar And Guarantee Its Survival

There are precautions you can take to ensure your guitar survives a flight on a commercial airline.

More recently, we’ve all been hearing tragic stories of guitars being damaged by airline companies  because sites like YouTube have made it really easy to spread news all over the globe. But the truth is, it’s been happening ever since guitarists started flying in commercial planes. So what are some of the things you can do when you book your flight knowing that you’re taking your guitar along with you? There are a lot of suggestions from musicians, both professionals and hobbyists, that could make the difference when it comes to traveling safely with your precious cargo. I came across an article recently from The DIY Musician that offers a few of these sacred tips that we might all want to consider before that next flight. And no, the first suggestion isn’t to travel by bus. Take a look at some of the precautions you can take on your next flight.

The DIY Musicians released an article recently in response to all the media attention damaged guitars are getting from their experiences with commercial airlines. Take a look at a few of the suggestions below, and find the entire article at

1. Book seats towards the rear of the plane 

If you’re flying a commuter plane, your guitar is most likely going in the hold (unless you can talk the attendants into letting you take up the whole coat closet); but if it’s a bigger plane, there’s a chance you can take it on as a carry-on item.

You’ll increase those chances the earlier you board the plane. By booking a seat at the back of the plane, you’ll get on the flight early, head straight back to your row, stuff that guitar in an overhead, and sit down quickly. Now it’s everyone else’s problem. They have to fit their carry-on items around your guitar.

2. If you’re given a gate-check tag, take your guitar on the plane anyways 

A certain amount of playing-dumb can be helpful. If you’re told at the gate that you need to leave your guitar at the bottom of the jetway (so it can be placed in the hold), let ‘em put the tag on the handle of your guitar. THEN — carry your guitar handle so your hand conceals the tag and walk onto the plane. If no one stops you, refer to tip #1 for further instructions. If you are stopped…

Make sure you visit the link above to discover a few more vital tips for traveling with your guitar. These tips can make the difference between your precious cargo arriving in one piece or several pieces. Then again, there’s always traveling by car too. Subscribe now to Mike’s Guitar Talk to hear more tips for taking care of what most of us consider priceless, our guitars.

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