If it's flying with it that worries you, I have had no difficulty carrying either my Deering Classic Goodtime Openback Banjo, or my Art & Lutherie Ami (parlor-size) guitar on board a variety of airlines. I used to think I had to ask in advance, find something smaller, or use a heavy-duty case and check it like luggage. I even considered shipping it to my destination via UPS at one time. Then I just started carrying it as though it was the most natural thing in the world, and even in these weird times, no one ever says a word about it. And that has been true for Southwest, Delta, and Spirit.