As a lot of us Gypsy Jazz Jammers prepare to take our guitars on airplanes to Django in June or Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois or points beyond, many of us will be taking our guitars in gig bags because they fit in the overhead compartment and are easy to lug around once we get to our destination. But has anyone ever had the experience of having your guitar secured in its gig bag but, god forbid, placed in the cargo hold? If so, did it survive or not? If it survived, what do you think saved it?
There have been threads on how best to smooth the way so that your guitar will have the best chance of getting in the overhead compartment, but I haven't seen any threads that discuss the odds of survival when they are rejected and placed in the cargo hold.