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 TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: crusius 
Date:   2019-11-11 09:09

Hi all,

I'm going on an international trip in a few days, and will only bring a carry-on. I wonder if any of you ever took one of those K&M clarinet stands in a carry-on, and if you had any problems? I ask because it is a strange spiky thing, and I wouldn't be surprised if it raised some TSA eyebrows before...

Thanks!

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: m1964 
Date:   2019-11-11 09:32

Hi,
Never took a stand but took a clarinet a few months ago to Europe and did not have any problems.
The stand can be considered to be an accessory to the instrument and you can always demonstrate how it works.
BUT since you asked why not place it in checked laggage for the piece of mind (if you will have any)?



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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: jthole 
Date:   2019-11-11 12:15

Since European airport staff already makes an issue of an umbrella, I guess a metal clarinet stand might be an issue. I never had problems in flying with my clarinet, with a plastic stand.

(I had an out of country job for a few years, and always took my clarinet with me on business trips; never an issue)

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2019-11-11 17:31

When I flew Minneapolis to Seattle a few years ago with my clarinet, I checked my spiky stand just to avoid that. It's not as important as keeping the clarinet with you.

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: crusius 
Date:   2019-11-11 23:50

Thanks all - I will not have checked luggage, so I guess I'll just leave the stand behind and make do without it. If it would actually fit in the bell I'd try it, but it doesn't in the CSG bell.

jthole, which plastic clarinet stand do you have?

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: Tony Pay 2017
Date:   2019-11-12 02:46

I never carry on a K&M clarinet stand, because I couldn’t argue against its possible use as a weapon, when assembled, to even a sympathetic security officer.

And such people are not selected for their sympathy.

When the OAE was returning from Switzerland to London one time, a perfectly innocent young woman ‘cellist had her spare strings confiscated by security. And because these were special gut strings, they were worth around £500.

According to the security guard, they constituted a possible weapon.

The story ended well on this occasion, because the pilot, encountering her in tears as she boarded the plane, went back and retrieved her strings from security and took them to London in the cockpit.

Don’t assume ANYTHING of these people.

Tony



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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: davyd 
Date:   2019-11-13 07:39

I recently played for an Honor Flight event, which involves dealing with TSA. They took a long hard look at my saxophone stand; had I actually been getting on a plane, things might have gotten challenging.

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: Bonnie 
Date:   2019-11-13 08:20

Amazon still carries the Pack a Stand. Not as hefty as the K&M stand, but stable. I don't think TSA would give this a second look. And at $5.71 it isn't a huge loss if they confiscate it. As for durability, I've had one for about 20 years. I keep it in the bell of the clarinet I travel with. I tried to post a link but it was half a page long. Easier to just look under clarinet stands.

bdskees@comcast.net

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: michele zukovsky 
Date:   2019-11-13 10:20

i always use this flimsy plasticy thing that fits into the bell.
i call it "the repairman's dream".

zukovsky@usc.edu

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: crusius 
Date:   2019-11-13 22:13

Thanks all - yes, $5 for the Pack a Stand seems to be a worth gamble to have a stand with me. I'll see if I can get one in time.

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: jthole 
Date:   2019-11-17 00:55

Just a word of warning regarding air travel; I had a security agent at Amsterdam airport drop my clarinet case (with my BC20 inside)! He apologised extensively, but that did little to improve my mood. Fortunately the travel case did its work, and the clarinet was fine. Lesson learned; always tell airport agents in advance that they are handling a musical instrument, and always use a travel case, also in carry-on baggage.

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 Re: TSA vs Clarinet Stand in carry-on?
Author: m1964 
Date:   2019-11-17 05:49

jthole wrote:

> Just a word of warning regarding air travel; I had a security
> agent at Amsterdam airport drop my clarinet case (with my BC20
> inside)! He apologised extensively, but that did little to
> improve my mood. Fortunately the travel case did its work, and
> the clarinet was fine. Lesson learned; always tell airport
> agents in advance that they are handling a musical instrument,
> and always use a travel case, also in carry-on baggage.

That must have been painful!

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