for flying with a Violin
As a very delicate string instrument, we have some top tips to make it easier and safer for you to transport your violin.
Pre-book seats at the back of the plane
If you book your seats at the back of the plane, there’s usually more room in the overhead lockers. Sitting at the back also means that, usually, you will be able to board first, giving you time to put your violin at the back of the overhead bin, so other passengers’ bags can go in after.
Pack clothes in and around it
Because they are hollow, violins are very fragile musical instruments. To minimise risk, pack some of your clothes, such as soft t-shirts, socks or towels in it to pad it out, especially around the neck of the violin.
Invest in a sturdy case
Whether you choose to transport your guitar as carry-on or checked luggage, it is a good idea to invest in a well-padded case. Bags can easily be subject to damage, even in the cabin, so minimise this risk by obtaining a suitably protective case.
Loosen the violin strings
Flying will introduce your violin to some serious cabin pressure, reduced humidity and various temperature changes, all of which can be very dangerous to the integrity of your instrument. Loosening the strings before take off will help to prevent the strings from snapping and the bridge from warping as a result of increased tension.