A response from Brian Yoon to last week’s cello horror tale. Brian is principal cello at the Victoria Symphony.
In Canada, there is currently only one major airline that allows an extra seat to be reserved to transport one’s cello: Air Canada. After more than twenty successful round trips with a cello as carry-on baggage, I am sharing my experience in hopes of helping out fellow cellists who choose (or are forced) to use this carrier.
A. Booking the extra seat
From the Air Canada website:
“You may bring your musical instrument on board as part of your carry-on baggage provided it meets the current Air Canada carry-on size requirements and:
the instrument fits in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you, or
you purchase a seat to accommodate it….
Read on here.