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Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby rokyronnie » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:18 am

Hi guys,

So, my question is: can you take a flight case (containing a keyboard stand, midi controllers, some cables and other small devices) that falls within maximum kg limit (32kg in my case) and size, with low cost company? (I'm talking about wizz-air)

They say that I can take a check-in bag, (up to 32kg) that is actually even bigger in size than my actual case, with the ticket, without any extra cost, so that would be amazing.

Problem is, that I'm not sure if a check-in bag it's the same thing for them with a flight case (even though it falls within the maximum weight and size) or they will have something to say about it.

Hope somebody can help me.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:56 am

In my experience most airlines will allow you to take so called 'oversize' luggage if you arrange it in advance but frankly I would be wary of putting a flightcase with equipment in the hold as it's likely to get treated roughly.

Ideally I'd pay for an extra seat for it and take it with you in the cabin but given the nature of a flightcase they may not allow that for safety reasons. I would contact the airline and talk to them to find out what options you have.

In any event, if you do fly it, make sure you get insurance.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby John Willett » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:01 pm

rokyronnie wrote:Hi guys,

So, my question is: can you take a flight case (containing a keyboard stand, midi controllers, some cables and other small devices) that falls within maximum kg limit (32kg in my case) and size, with low cost company? (I'm talking about wizz-air)

They say that I can take a check-in bag, (up to 32kg) that is actually even bigger in size than my actual case, with the ticket, without any extra cost, so that would be amazing.

Problem is, that I'm not sure if a check-in bag it's the same thing for them with a flight case (even though it falls within the maximum weight and size) or they will have something to say about it.

Hope somebody can help me.

If the case is within the size and weight limit, I don't see a problem.

No airline states what sort of bag it is and a cardbox box is acceptable as hold luggage.

I would just make sure it is well secured and properly insured.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby rokyronnie » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:03 pm

The flight case is really strong and all the things that are inside are safe in position, so nothing is moving anywhere.

But I will try to call and ask them about this situation.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby recordplay » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:44 pm

Each airline is different (Check their terms and conditions) but for example for a flight case bigger than carry on luggage size - I took a 12U modular system on both ryan air and easyjet - Booked a seat for them (it was called mr modular synthesiser and used my passport number)

I wouldn't recommend the hold, it was much better having my equipment next to me. Although it was a ball ache getting through security both times but I got there any the end and all went ok. If you do go for the hold you will have to pay any excess usually over around 20-25KG

Just go in with the view that a cellist might need to do the same but apply your situation with that solution in mind
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby wireman » Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:19 pm

I have seen a wide range of cases arrive on baggage carousels. Even items only wrapped in bubble wrap. Even expensive-looking bicycles.

Some airlines (for example BA and Wizz I think) have policies that allow musical instruments to be taken in the cabin and to occupy a (paid-for) seat.

Safest is to email the airline (so you get a written reply) and ask what options you have.

Anything in the hold should be in a case that protects it from a drop and you need to have a plan if the baggage is delayed, this is more likely if a transfer is involved.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby shufflebeat » Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:27 pm

There are airlines and individuals within airlines who like to slap surcharges on anything that looks the slightest bit musical. Not a problem for whistle/harmonica players and no chance for guitar/bass players but I've seen some very creative techniques being employed by friends with medium sized instruments to avoid the eye.

Security staff aren't bothered so not an issue at that point.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby yelemusic » Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:50 pm

A number of times I managed to convince the folks at the check in to let me carry my guitar up to the plane and let them put it into the hold manually, where I would also pick it up after landing. Took some arguing and whining though :)
Must have been before 911 thought, I doubt they'd allow it now.
I've also once received a 4HE flightcase full of 19" equipment almost in pieces, which I checked in the normal way. Luckily the case still somehow held together (with a strong belt tied around it) while the equipment was still intact. Nerve wrecking nevertheless.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby N i g e l » Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:24 pm

wireman wrote:I have seen a wide range of cases arrive on baggage carousels. Even items only wrapped in bubble wrap. Even expensive-looking bicycles.

Anything in the hold should be in a case that protects it from a drop and you need to have a plan if the baggage is delayed, this is more likely if a transfer is involved.

When getting settled into my seat I watched the airplane next door being unloaded. One of the hold bags fell from the unloading platform at the planes tail to the ground. Quite a drop. The bag was then in the way, so it was picked up and tossed 20ft across the runway.

The theory with bikes is to keep them looking like bikes so they can be recognised and treated with care. Protrusions like pedals need to be removed and oily bits wrapped to avoid annoying the baggage handlers.
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Re: Can you take flight case on a plane? as checked-in bag

Postby John Willett » Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:12 pm

N i g e l wrote:The theory with bikes is to keep them looking like bikes so they can be recognised and treated with care. Protrusions like pedals need to be removed and oily bits wrapped to avoid annoying the baggage handlers.

I don't think this helps - I have heard many stories of disabled people with wheelchairs having their chairs destroyed by the bagage handlers, so they are unusable when they arrive at the destination. :madas:
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