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Sep 11, 2021 - 8:13:24 AM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

Has anyone had issues with a metal guitar going through airport security?

My concern is, it's metal so they can't see in it and I sure wouldn't want anyone trying to disassemble it enough to look inside.

Anyone have a problem like this?

Thanks.

Sep 11, 2021 - 8:53:47 AM

1315 posts since 8/4/2008

I think it depends on which airport you’re flying through. Most security agents have seen guitars before and understand what a resonator guitar is.

I have never had a problem with my guitar going through security in the USA.

One tip: pack your tone bar and picks separately. This avoids additional hassle when going through security.

Edited by - Brad Bechtel on 09/11/2021 08:54:51

Sep 11, 2021 - 9:14:07 AM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

Brad from Greenville SC? And GTC?

This is Brad Majors. Wow. Did not know you are a reso player! It is indeed a small world.

Thanks for the info!

Sep 11, 2021 - 12:03:24 PM
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1711 posts since 4/27/2009

When I've flown with a reso the inspector folks were more interested in my bars. Big old chunks of metal gets their attention

Sep 11, 2021 - 4:26:57 PM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Terry Harris

When I've flown with a reso the inspector folks were more interested in my bars. Big old chunks of metal gets their attention


Thanks, Terry. I appreciate your feedback. I think I'll be OK traveling with one. 

Sep 11, 2021 - 4:56:25 PM

1711 posts since 4/27/2009

I got hassled one time when I had my picks, bar and capo in my pouch that was in my carry on. I didn't have a reso with me. They had quite a discussion about that one

Sep 12, 2021 - 10:05:47 AM

3970 posts since 7/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by bpmajors

Brad from Greenville SC? And GTC?

This is Brad Majors. Wow. Did not know you are a reso player! It is indeed a small world.

Thanks for the info!


I guess you didn't read the info - Brad lives an hour south of me in San Francisco. 

I haven't flown that often with a dobro, and when I have,  I've never had any issues. But I've also never flown out of the U.S. with one.  

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 09/12/2021 10:06:27

Sep 12, 2021 - 10:35:09 AM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

I saw that location but thought it still might be him. People do move. Unique name. Guess not.
Thank you for the feedback on traveling, Mark.

Sep 12, 2021 - 12:58:04 PM

208 posts since 1/7/2019

I recently flew from NC to CA with my dobro. Security wasn't a problem, except at one airport where they wanted to do a visual check of the case, and it got forgotten on a side belt. Frustrating but not a problem.
My issue was carrying the case on the plane. On my first leg, the flight crew made me gate check the guitar. The space for carry-ons were not long enough for the case. I wasn't sure what else I could do. But at least the baggage handlers would not be throwing it around the belts. It came off the plane and straight to the jetway for me to pick up.
On my second leg, the gate agent advised me to ask to have it "put into the closet" when I board. So on each of the other flights I had the flight crew take the case and put it in their closet. It was not a problem after that.
I would appreciate knowing how other people handle the onboard part of the trip.

Sep 12, 2021 - 4:01:34 PM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

Thanks for replying, Todd.

I've heard about that closet and requested it before. However, they told me it was full. I'll have to try it again.

Again, thank you for the info.

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Sep 12, 2021 - 7:18:19 PM

1711 posts since 4/27/2009

Once Docslyd and I were flying back east. We gate check our instruments only to watch the baggage handler THROW his Scheerhorn down the conveyor belt when he coulda just set it there. Took a huge chunk out of his Calton case. Amazing! Reminded me of a Samsonite commercial there the baggage went around back where you couldn't see and there were apes throwing the baggage around like....apes
We were in disbelief.

Sep 12, 2021 - 9:17:39 PM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

Traveling with musical instruments is always stressful. However, I think I have been lucky so far.

Thx for the reply.

Sep 13, 2021 - 8:00:32 AM

badger

USA

593 posts since 8/10/2008

An oldie, but doubtless still relevant. United Breaks Guitars

Sep 13, 2021 - 8:08:44 AM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

Yes, I love that video.

And it scares me, too.

Brad

Sep 13, 2021 - 1:56:56 PM

docslyd

USA

401 posts since 11/27/2014

yea...I would suggest placing a firearm in your carry-on as to distract them from the guitar that they are trying to destroy...

Sep 13, 2021 - 7:05:44 PM
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daver

USA

724 posts since 9/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by badger

An oldie, but doubtless still relevant. United Breaks Guitars


Gentle reminder that there are three videos in the series, with a highly relevant cameo appearance in the third...

Sep 13, 2021 - 7:34:31 PM

badger

USA

593 posts since 8/10/2008

Thanks for the reminder. It's been a while, and memory fades. And, yes, great cameo!

Sep 14, 2021 - 12:24:37 PM

krw2dbw

USA

35 posts since 4/5/2016

My wife and I Left for a trip to Hawaii and flew out of Logan with a stop in Chicago. It was three days after 9/11. Security was tight, I took my Johnson National Copy, which was fun aboard ship inn the night clubs and talent show. No problems at all.

Sep 15, 2021 - 5:49:48 AM

429 posts since 11/28/2012

OP didn’t ask about travel cases specifically, but I’ll post this since it’s pertinent to the thread.

I had a case made through CaseExtreme.  The clamshell case in particular.

http://www.casextreme.com/index.php

From a NAMM editorial:

"What really caught the eye of Costa Mesa singer-song­writer Walter Clevenger was a new type of guitar case, The Clam, made by San Diego-based Caseextreme Fly It Safe Case Co.

"The Clam is unique be­cause you put your gig bag or hard-shell case inside this case - a case inside a case. Your gig bag or hard-shell case is floating inside this case with foam pads.... Your guitar is inside a corrugated plastic container that can support hundreds of pounds without .crushing," said Clevenger, who travels frequently with his band, the Dairy Kings. 

"I think it's a neat idea be­cause you can leave this case in your hotel room and just take the gig bag with you to the club. A much' lighter al­ternative than lugging around those heavy Anvil-type cases." 
 

I chose this route because I was tired of being subjected to the whims of airlines or flight agents as it related to carry-ons.  (I once had an airline even try to force a gate check on a short scale lap steel...sheesh.)

The guy has the usual list of artist testimonials, and some entertaining video of guitars being thrown off roof tops with no adverse effects.  (Don't try that at home.)

I do luggage check in.  I've had multiple flights with no issues.  For me, it's as close to stress free as it could get, acknowledging  that nothing is ever a 100% guarantee with airline travel.

Edited by - JC Dobro on 09/15/2021 06:02:13

Oct 15, 2021 - 3:11:38 AM

aljohns

Belgium

132 posts since 4/8/2012

Hi
re the safety of the resonator , i fly often and now i use a carlton case i had made up for me , i tape the locks and latches and i have marked the case with ink here in europe i book a extra seat on the plane ....

I have flown many times between europe and japan , and europe and australia ...i always get there early , and yes so far no problems ....i have slo flown amsterdam to tokyo 11 hours with a resonator in a old case .. i packed the instreumnt so it couldnt move and had extra support under the headstock . and neck and on top of the cone i tied a old leather trouser belt , around the case it ws all good ....

bottom line it can be done
al

Oct 15, 2021 - 3:16:37 AM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

Thank you, Al.

I'm feeling more comfortable about it.

Thanks for your insights.

Oct 21, 2021 - 4:20:14 AM

aljohns

Belgium

132 posts since 4/8/2012

Hi
im glad you feel better about it , some airlines are quiet helpful to musicians i have had great experiences with japan airlines and KLM

with KLm they let me walk on the plane and just stored the guitar for me its also worth contacting the airline in advance ....sometimes you can assess the attitude in advance , i see you are in Portugal . here in Europe i never use Ryan air . almost always i fly with wizzair or i pay a wee bit more ....thats another thing i have learned

al

Edited by - aljohns on 10/21/2021 04:21:32

Nov 29, 2021 - 2:01:32 PM

bpmajors

Portugal

11 posts since 9/11/2021

Thank you, Al. Sorry for my late response.

I agree about Ryanair. They just don't seem to have much of a service orientation.

Again, thank you.

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