Hey guys. Does anyone have any experience with flying with a violin and how to ensure it arrives in one piece at the destination? I am the travel coordinator for my communities Community Band which is in the translational phase to becoming a community symphony and we have been invited to play in Wien, AT this coming winter. As the only string player at the moment my instrument is much more vulnerable to travel than the rest of the group. So does anyone know which airlines have the best policies regarding violins for the overhead compartment so that I can route the band or at least myself via that airline. I would prefer to avoid having my instrument in the cargo hold because even though I want a newer (ie older) instrument I would rather do that on my own terms and not because the instrument was damaged in transit. So which airline should I use? How can I safe guard my instrument?