How do I go about taking a pair of tablas on a plane?
February 18, 2014 4:24 AM Subscribe
I need to take a pair of tablas
(hand drums) onto a plane.
posted by Ziggy500 to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total)
These tablas belong to a friend who has now moved abroad. I want to return them to him. I will be going there over the next few months to visit, and would like to take the tablas with me.
I don't know how much rough handling they will withstand - I don't know much about them really. Do I need to take them as carry-on baggage or can I put them in as checked baggage?
If the latter, how do I go about wrapping and packing them, and are there services for wrapping up musical instruments for carrying onto a plane? They don't come with any kind of protective casing. They seem too big to fit into a regular sized suitcase.
I know precisely zero about musical instruments, and have googled 'travelling with your instrument' / 'travelling with drums' but keep getting horror stories about being stopped by airport security!