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Bigger Baggage Flight Allowance

Bigger Baggage Flight Allowance

This article was posted on 21 Nov 2013.

Did you know that if our instrument’s case is a bit bigger than the size normally allowed as hand baggage, we’re probably OK under the present arrangements? The size of hand baggage is usually defined as that which will fit in the hand baggage cages provided at check-in. However, down in most airlines’ small print is a section which says that carriers have agreed more generous dimensions in respect of some musical instruments. You’ll need to check the carrier regulations or terms and conditions of the particular airline with which you are flying, but by way of example, the relevant webpage for EasyJet currently says the following: ‘Musical instruments are permitted for carriage as hand baggage provided that the instrument, including its case, does not exceed 30cm x 120cm x 38cm. Violins, violas, piccolos, flutes, clarinets, bugles and trumpets all fall within these dimensions. Carriage as hand baggage is subject to available space in the overhead lockers and strictly at the Captain’s discretion.’ It also says ‘When it is not practical to combine the instrument with another item of hand baggage - you can carry one small additional piece (e.g. ladies handbag, or laptop)’.

Clearly these are significantly more helpful dimensions for a lot of mid-sized instrument cases: for example it’s OK for most detached bell horn cases, compact bassoon cases and various saxophone cases too. It is possible that the check-in staff may not be aware of these more generous allowances, so it could be useful to have a print-out of the relevant part of the carrier regulations with you so that you can show it to the check-in staff if necessary.

Happy Flying.

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