I respectfully disagree. I flew Midwest Airlines from DFW to Milwaukee this summer on a smaller jet, but no puddle jumper. I ended up gate checking because the guitar (Les Paul hardcase) would not fit in the overhead bin.Yes, why gate-check, when you can carry on? Check to see what equipment you will be flying. Almost all modern equipment has overhead storage that will accomodate a gtr, except the tiniest puddle-jumpers.
Unfortunately it's not that easy. A guitar especially in a case won't fit in the overhead of any regional jet, except maybe an EMB 170 series.Yes, why gate-check, when you can carry on? Check to see what equipment you will be flying. Almost all modern equipment has overhead storage that will accomodate a gtr, except the tiniest puddle-jumpers.
The following aircraft have overhead space that will accommodate a large wallet and thats it.
EMB/ERJ 135,145, (made by Embraer in Brazil) I'm not sure if the 170, and 190 can accomodate normal carry-ons.
CRJ200, 700, 900 (Canadair made by Bombardier in Canada)
Saab 340, Dehavilland Dash 8
There are no overheads or lavatories on a Beechcraft 1900 or a jetstream 31 but I'm not sure if anyone flies the j31 in the us anymore.
Boeing, Mcdonald Douglas, and Airbus aircraft have normal overheads. ..And even the old Fokkers..
I always put my guitar in the coat rack/binI respectfully disagree. I flew Midwest Airlines from DFW to Milwaukee this summer on a smaller jet, but no puddle jumper. I ended up gate checking because the guitar (Les Paul hardcase) would not fit in the overhead bin.
I have seen that work. You really can't count on it though... FAs can be protective of their personal space or it could already be filled. Be polite...Address them as sir or Maam. When I was on the erj-145 I would check the gate area for axe carriers and always offer to put it in the Crew closet. On the larger jets the space for the pilots and FAs is seperate.Today, all flights are full and they won't want your 1 guitar taking up the entire
over head bin.
A few yrs ago my LP in its hsc fit above, but nothing else but jackets and little bags could fit with it. People gave me stink eye bad.
Usually the stewardess will let me put it in their closet so it doesn't take up all the space.
Hey BR,I am an airline pilot for a major airline and we are happy to take guitars on board. Having said that, here are some suggestions:
1.) Try to pick flights that are at full capacity. Flight Attendants (and please don't call them Stewardesses, that went out 30 years ago and is demeaning) are much more likely to feel like the guitar isn't taking up other paying customer's overhead space if the flight isn't booked full.
2.) At the gate, if they offer some resistance, tell them you are a performer and your guitar is critical to your profession and very expensive.
3.) I'm not kidding here...buy some candy to share with the ticket agent and especially the Flight Attendants and Pilots. Even if they don't eat it, it is a sign of good will and will earn you immediate attention and favor.
4.) Don't pull out the "I demand to have it placed on the plane" like so many self-serving articles seem to push these days. Playing the "nice and polite" card goes so much further, as does being reasonable. If they like you they may even put it inside their Flight Attendant closet, depending on the size of the plane.
5.) If you can take your guitar in a well-padded gig bag (like the Godin's I like) they will take up much less space than a hsc...consequently keeping the FA's happier!
6.) Commuter planes, whether jets or turboprops, don't normally have the space or appropriate sized overheads to place your precious guitar. However, because it is often a more quaint operation, you can often ask the bag handler or his supervisor to place it carefully in the cargo hold, and even watch them do it. Again, a little candy for them never hurts!
I cannot vouch that these will work for American, United or Delta as they seem to have lost the love and are very unhappy campers these days. However, for Virgin America, Frontier, JetBlue and perhaps others like them, they try very hard to treat their customers well and keep them happy, IF the customer is pleasant from the start!