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Offline scholtz1

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Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:55:07 pm »
Hi all,

I've checked the American Airlines website and their restriction for the overhead bin is "45 linear inches", which, if I'm understanding correctly, the GS mini in a hard case far exceeds (40.5 x 17.25 x 7.75). Yet, I know it will fit easily. Many people have posted about traveling with a mini and having no issues. So, is the "45 linear inches" thing something to worry about?

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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 04:12:03 pm »
From what I remember reading, it depends on the airline whether they'll make a big deal out of a mini guitar or not. If they won't let you take it into the cabin I believe you can carry it to the gate and put it with the luggage yourself, or something like that. Rhet Shull talks about checking in a guitar here:
https://youtu.be/bklALucNP0M?t=234
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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 04:20:12 pm »
Cue Zephyr,

Thanks for the reply. Seems most of it has to do with the mood of the crew and the fullness of the bins!

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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 04:23:36 pm »
American Airlines you say?





Yeah, should have been in a flight case I suppose...
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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 05:15:17 pm »
Scholtz,
I work for a North American airline and what zephyr is accurate. Depending on the crew's mood, how you approach them and how full the flight is are all factors that come into play. If you can get the guitar to the gate, then there is the possibility of "gate checking" it. That means that it will be taken down to the hold rather than having to put it through the luggage handling system and will usually end up on top of the pile (this is the same thing that happens to baby strollers or car seats). So ask nicely and go on a less busy day.
BTW, I take my Traveller Electric on-board all the time and except for a few strange looks from a TSA agent I've never had a problem.

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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 05:59:45 pm »
American Airlines you say?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9H1RoqwwZc

Yeah, should have been in a flight case I suppose...
10/10 I expected this video.



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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2018, 06:11:24 pm »
Yeah, I've seen that one too. The AA one was only posted a few days ago

It looks like airlines, no matter what their brand, break guitars. :)
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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 07:42:06 pm »
Scholtz,
I work for a North American airline and what zephyr is accurate. Depending on the crew's mood, how you approach them and how full the flight is are all factors that come into play. If you can get the guitar to the gate, then there is the possibility of "gate checking" it. That means that it will be taken down to the hold rather than having to put it through the luggage handling system and will usually end up on top of the pile (this is the same thing that happens to baby strollers or car seats). So ask nicely and go on a less busy day.
BTW, I take my Traveller Electric on-board all the time and except for a few strange looks from a TSA agent I've never had a problem.

OpsRes,

Thanks for the further confirmation. I appreciate your taking the time.

Thanks to the others here for the entertaining, albeit worrisome, videos.

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Re: Even a Taylor GS mini seems too large for airlines?
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 07:47:42 pm »
https://m.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_gs_travel_mahogany.htm?ref=msg_a_2
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