Information on Equipment and Baggage

Each passenger is allowed the following items:
    --One checked bag (weight limit 50 pounds)
    --One carry-on bag (must not exceed 45 linear inches in combined length, width, and height and must fit inside the carry-on baggage check.
    --One personal item (must fit under the seat)
Instruments and equipment larger than carry-on size will be an extra checked bag.  Additional checked baggage is expensive ($75 per item) so we want to carry on every instrument that is allowed.  Scroll to the bottom for the estimated list of checked equipment.
Please sure you understand how all of your luggage and equipment fits into these categories. 

Piccolos and Clarinets can be a personal item or they may be packed inside another bag.
Alto Saxes will be your carry-on.
Trombones can be carried on if they are in a small case (such as a soft sider.)
Baritones, Mellophones, Tenor Saxes, Sousaphones will be checked as an additional bag.
French Horns will be boxed and checked as an additional bag.

Every person is responsible for seeing that his/her instrument arrives at the airport and is checked in. 
    --Those of you with two instruments will have to find a friend to carry your second instrument.  It is your responsibility to work this out.
    --Sousaphone players who are meeting us at the airport, it is your responsibility to find a friend to load your instrument on the bus and bring it to you at the airport. 



Getting Through Security
Make sure there is nothing in your carry-on that resembles a weapon or could be used as a weapon.  This includes scissors, nail files, sharp objects, razors, etc.  It even includes common items that could conceivably be used as a weapon.  I once had a Turkish coffee pot confiscated from my carry-on bag because the security officer said the handle could be "used as a weapon."  Put things like this in your checked bags instead.

Liquids and gels must be placed in a clear zip-lock bag (provided at the security counter) and must be placed on the conveyor belt separate from your bags.

Pockets must be emptied and all loose items (watch, phone, belt, coins) must be placed in a small tray.

Shoes, belt, and jacket must be removed.

Before you head to the airport think about how you are dressed and how much you will have to take off for the security check.  I suggest that you wear loose clothing, slip on shoes, no belt, very little jewelry, and a very light jacket.  You will get through security faster and you'll sleep more comfortably on the plane.  

Your checked bags and equipment will be checked all the way from Minneapolis to Tokyo.  You do not have to claim it when you change planes.
This is NOT true on the way back.  It will be checked through from Singapore through Tokyo then to your US connecting city.   You to claim it at your US point of entry and recheck it to Minneapolis.   Have your immigration card filled out BEFORE you leave the plane or you'll be scrambling for a pencil in the long immigration line.

When you go through Customs have your passport in hand and be ready to answer questions in a "no nonsense" way.  Customs agents are not interested in chit chat.  Keep your passport and your boarding form handy all the time.  You will show both of them many times before you board the plane.

I suggest you make a copy of the photo page of your passport and keep the copy in your carry-on.  If you misplace your passport the copy cannot be used in its place but it will speed up things when you show up at the US Consulate in an attempt to replace it.  Your passport should be on your person at all times, except when it is locked in the safe at the hotel or the ship.