Airline offers protective case for large musical instruments

February 19, 2018 by norman lebrecht


If you check in a guitar with Japan Airline, this is what you’ll get.

It’s a huge gesture in the right direction.

They are trialling the case with guitars. Let’s demand an upgrade for cellos.



Comments (9)

  1. Scotty says:

    Is the first line supposed to read “If you check in a GUITAR with Japan Airlines…”?

    1. Scotty says:

      Since you corrected the first line, could you delete my comment? It doesn’t make sense now.

  2. Scotty says:

    They started this policy 3.5 years ago. Maybe it will catch on………….eventually.

  3. Meal says:

    Question: This will protect the instrument (and its case) from damage as result form direct forces such as other luggage, kicks etc.. But will this also help to protect from indirect forces such as acceleration force (e. g. throwing the case or falling from some height)? Or is the latter of rather no importance in real life?

    1. CJ says:

      I wouldn’t trust it for a beloved instrument.

    2. Scotty says:

      Unless that box gets special treatment, it won’t help much. Instruments need to be fitted to flight cases to prevent G-force damage.

  4. Sue says:

    If I could afford an expensive musical instrument I could afford to travel Business Class and have the cabin staff in that section take care of my violin instead of dumping it in the luggage hold.

    1. Scotty says:

      Ah Jesus, Sue. We’ve been down this road on countless threads. Business class is for your furs and diamonds. Most working musicians, such as myself, many of whom are barely getting by, fly couch.

  5. Anon! A Moose! says:

    “It’s a huge gesture in the right direction.

    They are trialling the case with guitars. Let’s demand an upgrade for cellos.”

    No, let’s demand that musicians with delicate instruments be allowed to carry them in the cabin by hand. No self-respecting musician with a decent instrument would trust these, but this gives the airline cover to claim they are trying to help and then disallow other options. God I hope this doesn’t catch on.

    This is just a smaller-instrument version of those large hard bass cases. And most bass players I know have had instruments damaged in those.

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