without doubt the worst airport in the entire world! I've never had a problem with my horns or even a small pair of scissors I carry to trim my beard but on a layover there last spring they got all bent up about legal presciption medicines I take to keep these old lungs operating. They dumped out and inspected each and every pill,opened blisterpaks of antibiotics and steroids I need for emergencies then just left it all in a pile for me to sort out. I did insist they put on new rubber gloves before they did this but am glad I'm not a germophobe. Since then whenever possible on euro trips I avoid Charles de Gaulle...and I like the French folks!gary said:...and don't transfer through Charles de Gaulle.
Having flown frequently over the years with altos and tenors I have to say that I've only ever experienced a problem once, at Hong Kong airport and even then, I talked my way out of the problem. If you're told to place it in the hold, be nice and explain that your livelihood depends on it (even if it doesn't - in this case a white lie does not hurt).andrewbowie said:Anyone know what the situation now is for flights from the UK to Europe as regards carrying on a Hiscox or ProTech tenor case? Good and bad experiences?
I too have flown overseas with a Reunion blues bag, and had no problems. Two points: They are never going to make you check a horn in such a case. Also, not taking any other carry-on shows respect to them in turn for regarding your instruments as your carry-on, not a bonus bag. If you don't appear to be trying to take advantage or get away with something, they are much more respectful.kwg333 said:I use a Reunion Blues double case - yes I know, it's soft - but I've never experienced any damage. Also it looks fairly innocuous and as I don't carry any other hand luggage it rarely attracts any attention.