Not sure where to post this thread so this seems as good a place as anywhere.
I will soon be travelling from L.A. to London with several classic RG shaped guitars. Four if possible. My plan is to break down two of them and fit them into a decent piece of rolling luggage fitted out with builders strength cardboard tubes for necks, hard roadcase foam (shaped to hold the body), bubble wrap etc. The other two, more expensive models will come with me, hopefully, on the plane. All are bolt-on neck models.
I know there have been a few threads dealing with this before but I'm looking for people's experiences recently, like in the last year.
Who did you fly with? Did you use a gig bag or a regular HSC? Did it fit in the overhead bin? What were the discussions like at check-in, security and at the gate? Any extra charges or fees?
My friend recently flew from Ottawa to Edinburgh and he took my RG350 in an old Ibanez prestige style case. Apparently they didn't give him any issues and he walked onto the plane and stuck it in the overhead bin. No extra charges, nothing. If I knew it was going to be that easy I'd have given him my Floral Jem! It was with an american airline, either American Airlines or United Airlines, I'll check with him and update.
Anyway, any airline recommendations and experiences would be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your knowledge!
Here's a handy link to a U.S. government bill regarding musical instruments on planes. Look for section 403. Maybe a handy section to print out and take with you next time you're travelling with your loved one...!