QUOTE(Geminist @ May 19 2012, 11:00 AM)
I will be moving abroad to take up work somewhere else.
I will be shipping my belongings by sea but I really, really, really don't want to send my violin along with it. I'm sure I have seen people with instruments on flights. I just wondered if anyone has any experience with hand carrying a violin on a flight?
I don't want to check it in too as I know it's going to be thrown about etc. I will also be carrying a piece of hand luggage.
I will be calling the airlines to ask, but just wanted to see if anyone knows anything?
Who are you flying with? Definately Easyjet allows you to carry as hand luggage, and even though they don't say on their website, BA are fine. Both Gibraltar and Heathrow airports didn't bat an eyelid when I mentioned it, either at check-in or at the gate.
BUT you have to take it as your piece of hand luggage. BA allowed me to take a netbook or laptop bag in addition, but it had to be small.
Don't check your violin as they don't like the temperature differences and can fall apart!! If necessary, check a second piece of luggage.
Hope this helps...