Finally time to get another electric (last one was 2008) and planning to buy it in Boston and fly with it from Boston to Mexico City. The airline options are Delta and Jet Blue (still haven't bought the ticket). The guitar comes with a Fender Classic Case The dilemma I have is the following options that I have to transport the guitar: 1. Stuff the case with my shirts, loosen the strings, wrap the case in stretch foil and protect it with some carton on the sides. Then check the case in the hold with all other luggage. (sidenote: I have actually done this flying with my Martin D28, flying with Austrian Airlines on European flights and never had any incidents. It was in the stock molded case by Martin) 2. Buy a gig bag, place the guitar in the gig bag and try and see if i can pass with the gig bag, while the case would go in the hold like in step 1 stuffed with shirts and wrapped. 3. Disassemble the guitar, put the neck and body in my backpack for travelling (it can actually fit there disassembled), check the case in (like step 1). I am only worried here that someone from TSA might get ideas that i might smash someone's skull with the neck. 4. Put on a nice smile, walk directly to the gate (no checked luggage) and ask to gate check it. If I fly Delta, I might have a connection in Atlanta though, so i'd have to do that two times. Just in case i'd bring some carton and stretch foil to wrap the case in it in case I'd have to check it. I'd love to try option 4 (a gamble, I know), though i'd like to hear if anyone had any experience flying with this type of case before. I have seen people carry acoustics mainly in Geib cases and they didn't seem to have an issue. Was just wondering if this would apply to the Fender Classic case as well.