MONO cases travel all over the world with their musicians. And while we certainly design them for rugged travel, there are easy ways to be extra sure that your instruments are kept safe – especially on airplanes.
Here are some tricks of the trade.
Keep calm and carry on
Taking your case on board as carry-on luggage is the safest way to travel with your guitar. The good thing is, most MONO cases will have no problems fitting in the overhead compartments.
That said, compartments in regional aircraft are often too small or full to accommodate your guitar. In this case, it’s best to ‘gate check’ your guitar so it’s one the last items loaded onto the plane.
Board with the law
In the US, what used to be a major uncertainty for musicians is now clear as day – if you’re travelling with an instrument, you won’t incur any extra fees or hassles. And as long as there is room in an overhead compartment, you have the right to store your case on board as carry on luggage.
The official document can be found here. But to avoid confusion with any airport staff, make sure you have several copies ready to hand out if necessary.
Help them help you
You’ll go to the end of the earth to protect your guitar. We totally get it. But at the end of the day, you’re still travelling on an airplane – and airplanes have rules. The most important being that carry-on operates on a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, you should get to the airport early or pay extra for priority boarding – just to make sure there’s an overhead space available.
For a smooth trip, it’s also wise to treat the staff with respect. We know how important your guitar is to you, but losing your cool won’t do you any favours. If necessary, just be polite yet firm – and save your rage for the stage.
Travelling with your guitar can be stressful. And even though we can’t guarantee its absolute safety in the air, MONO cases do an awesome job at countering any questionable baggage handling or bumpy rides.