I will soon move with two paintings by air. I'm afraid to check them to avoid damage.

Last time I was able to bring them as carry-on and give it to the FA for the coat hanger. She did so grudgingly, therefore I have the feeling I should be better prepared this time, hence the question.

Specific info:

  • Size: ~50x80 cm or 20x30"
  • Material: Nothings hazardous, no glass
  • Packaged: Bubble wrap & card bord box
  • Route: SFO -> ZRH
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    Have you considered shipping then? There are companies that specialize in this. When I had to move framed artwork between BWI and DEN, and from Detroit to DEN, I used a shipping company. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Jan 5 '19 at 23:27
  • As alternative pack them in a solid, tough box, preferably one designed for this, and check them. – DJClayworth Jan 6 '19 at 1:24
  • @Roddy this is the plan B. I would prefer them going with me though because of their sentimental value to me – magu_ Jan 6 '19 at 3:21
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    The dimensions of your frame exceed the maximum size of hand baggage allowed on Swiss (55 x 40 x 23 cm). Many airlines have special rules for large fragile objects (mostly large music instruments), sometimes requiring a seat to be booked for those, but I don’t see anything relevant on the Swiss site, and I’m not sure how it would work in your case (difficult to strap the painting to a seat...). You may want to call Swiss. – jcaron Jan 6 '19 at 14:31
  • if you're flying business, you'll get more leeway, but crated and treated as outsize-baggage will mean you can have them in the hold but use a LOT of bubblewrap. Alternatively remove them from the frames and roll them up (assuming not painted directly on a board). – Cyprian Brady Jan 7 '19 at 17:07

The best way to move framed paintings is this:

  1. Get a local specialist to remove the painting from the frame and to tear the frame apart.
  2. Have it transported in a cylinder, the specialist might provide one.
  3. Once at the destination have a local specialist assembly the frame and painting.

I've seen this done many times, always with perfect result.

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