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Whitecat 12th April 2017 03:15 PM

Etihad bans musical instruments in the cabin unless you buy them a seat

Etihad Airways bans musical instruments in the cabin unless you buy an extra seat | M

All instruments, even violins, are banned from being put in the overhead containers.
Irritating for pro musicians... as I'm sure their CoC also absolve them any sort of responsibility/compensation for damaged instruments in the hold.

PdotDdot 15th April 2017 02:51 PM

Commercial Airlines suck. I have stoped flying altogether. I hope I do not ever have to fly again but more than likely at some point I will but I sued to fly a lot and they have lost business because they simply do not treat people like humans.

Back from 2003 - 2007 I was doing the Flatpick Contest circuit and of course I had to fly to many of the contests. Southwest Air was good to me. I'd usually try to catch one of the flight attendants prior to their boarding and explain that my guitar was a vintage Martin and that I really could not store it in the cargo bay and they would always agree to carry it on for me prior to boarding the flight and it would get its own upper head bin.

I of course got lucky every time and there is always the risk of not getting them to help you out.

Overall, I find flying so uncomfortable and with the time wasted at airports it is just such a deterrent that I avoid it at all costs.

Unslaven 17th September 2017 09:46 AM

Old family friend has an amazing collection of high value acoustics. From 6 strings to 12's to mandolins etc.

He once got a vintage Martin back from an airline after a flight with a forklift tine hole straight through both sides of the hard case.

He's been buying seats for guitars ever since.