Flying Domestic Australian with a Ukulele as Carry On Luggage

by Pete · 3 comments

I’m heading off to Byron bay in a couple days for the yearly 4 day Blues and Roots festival. Uber excited about that and I’m bringing the uke on a plane for the first time. I can’t seem to find anything about the Australian domestic flight rules and I don’t want to be stuck at the airport with my favourite uke and not be allowed to take it on the plane.

I’m flying Jetstar, I found this on their website. It sounds promising, but after all the stuff you’ve seen on the idiot box on airport hassles I’m still wary. I’ll update this post when I get back on how I went.

Musical instruments

Musical instruments can be carried two (3) ways. The size and shape will determine the uplift method:

   1. Small instruments may be carried in the aircraft cabin as carry-on baggage. Example: flute, violin, saxophone. These must comply with cabin baggage weight and size requirements.
   2. Large instruments for example: double bass, trombone can be carried as checked baggage if appropriately packed. These must comply with checked baggage weight and size requirements.
   3. Cello's may be accepted as carry on baggage provided that the the passenger purchases another seat. The Cello must be stored in a hard case with at least one handle on the side and must not exceed 77KGs. Please call Jetstar Reservations for more information.

Please note: Passengers who wish to check-in bulky items must present the item at Jetstar check-in counters, 2 hours prior to departure for flights departing from a domestic terminal and 3 hours prior to departure for flights departing from an international.

No hassles whatsoever with the uke on the plane. I had to hold myself back from playing it. But that’s it. It ended up being great fun taking on the trip.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel January 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

Gday mate

i am having the same dilemma with jetstar, to byron bay from syd. What size was your uke? did u have a case? Im not sure if im able to bring mine!

Please let me know asap, my flight is tomorrow. Thanks

Pete January 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

It’s really easy. I’ve done it a few times now. A tenor uke. I’ve even done it international.

Shaun June 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

Hi mate,

Do you know where you found that information from the Jetstar website? It’s always helpful having written evidence.


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