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Flying American with a viola - advice?


Christabel

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I'm hoping to take my viola on an international American Airlines flight - it's in a contoured, standard size BAM case. I've never flown alone with my viola before (I flew in 2014 with my violin as part of a chamber orchestra tour) - would this be possible? If so, does anyone have suggestions for things I should I know/prepare for?

Thanks!

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I haven't carried my viola on with American Airlines, but I have done so on Southwest many times with no problems at all. I also have a BAM case and it is in a Mooradian padded cover. I agree with checking early if possible to ensure that there is room in the carry-on overhead compartments. I keep a copy of the TSA rules for instruments in carry-on with me. 

There are some helpful tips here: https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/air-travel-musical-instruments

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