3 solutions that will make your life easier to travel with your instrument

For all budgets and needs!

Most musicians who need to travel with their instruments often have trouble moving around with them when boarding a plane. The airlines tend to take great advantage of this by forcing instruments to be checked in as another passenger and in the best case scenario putting them on the hold, something that musicians are not usually very amused about.


Instrument in a plane

Let’s start at the beginning of all this to place ourselves well in the situation: a musician’s instrument is like an extension of its personality. Therefore, it is key to have it around as long as possible. As we all know instruments are not usually cheap, so it’s easy to understand why musicians want to take them near all the time, and especially to avoid two huge problems:


1- Blows that they may receive once they’re checked in on the plane.

2- Misplacement with uncertainty and lack of information about whereabouts.


Additionally, the saxophone is usually a heavy instrument, and carrying it in the cabin isn’t always a possibility available.


Conditions of the main airlines that you should know (September 2022):

First of all and most important thing: the conditions of the companies are always changing. Note that the information that you’ll read next is the one published by the airlines at the time this post is written.

There are three options to transport your musical instrument on board:

Let’s see the main conditions of the most-known airlines:

Worldwide airlines


IMPORTANT: Get informed about the conditions of the airline you choose to travel for the transport of instruments. It is known that taking them with you is the best option, whether it is above, next to you, or in spaces that some planes have in the cabin.

Please note that if you bring your instrument into the cabin of the aircraft, you will not normally be allowed to carry anything else in your hand luggage. There are some airlines that do respect the two pieces allowed in their hand luggage allowance and allow you to also carry another small travel bag, a briefcase, a camera…

To check in a musical instrument you will have to consult the conditions and measures of your airline’s checked baggage allowance. The instrument must go inside its case, as protected as possible, and you must consider the costs for billing and excess baggage.

Other possible solutions

Depending on your need, there are various solutions. For example, it is not the same to go to a place because you have a concert or tour and you need an instrument to play live on certain days, than if you travel for work/pleasure and what you want is to have your instrument with you for a longer period of time.

Here are some of the solutions we propose:

  1. Rent backline at destination


Backline to rent
  1. Travel Sax


Travel Sax Case
  1. Cases adapted to fly.



BAM Cabine

About instrument insurance

It is also important that you keep in mind that airline insurance is insufficient to cover any damage to your instrument. In general, there are cases that when you transport things of value, a declaration of value must be made, which consists of declaring those valuable objects that are going to travel with you, but it’s also usually insufficient for a company to be held responsible for the damages caused to your instrument.

In short, what should be a right for musicians, being able to travel in the cabin with their work tool (or at least have much more favorable conditions) becomes a nightmare and often a helplessness and total disclaimer of the companies.

Friends, lots of music and good luck with the flights, what we do know is that flying without music, is not possible!






Odisei Music Team


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