We have received this message from a travelling player:
Virgin Atlantic Airways has carry-on luggage size restrictions of 9″x14″x 22″. An average violin case is 31″ in length and exceeds their dimensions for carry-on luggage. A Virgin Atlantic representative I spoke to today said that no exceptions will be made for musical instruments, which means that violins can’t travel as they cannot be placed in checked luggage.
No room on board, apparently.
One of our readers adds: I was just on the phone with them, as I fly all over the world with VA. I was told there has been no change of policy and if the violin case fits in the overhead compartment I would be allowed to carry it on board. I pointed out that is not what the website says and they now promised to look into it. Feel free to call them on 0844 412 2414 and voice your concern!