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Airlines/Pro Tec Bari case as carry-on?

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I'm traveling to Australia this fall, and I'm wondering what experiences people have had taking their Bari sax onboard airlines as a carry-on (I'm currently using the Pro Tec contoured case). I've only had to travel with tenor/alto before, so this is new territitory.
Obviously, I'm very concerned about showing up with my horn and having to check it underneath. I can borrow a huge flight case, but then I have to travel in-country with it as well. The other possibility is having a horn provided there, but I'll still need to take it with us on local flights.
Are there different size/policy regulations for international and local Australian flights (I believe all our travel is on Quantas)? Any way to get clearance in advance?
Any help/thoughts would be appreciated.

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i've heard from a lot of bari players that they simply buy an extra ticket and put it in the seat next to them. And don't upfront listen to the gate people...I had Delta tell me I needed to check my tenor, but it fit in the overhead, and even one time where I barely made the flight and the overheads were full, the flight attendant let me put it in the closet on board...just do your best to remain polite at all's not their fault if they don't realize how important our instruments are to us...
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