I had it all planned. I was only going to take my backpack and my violin with me to France. It was my first time traveling with an instrument, so the day before my departure, I packed my music and made sure my violin, bows, and accessories were secured in my case. I went to bed confident in my preparedness.
My violin teacher, a professional musician, had assured me that I would be able to fly with my violin without any problem. That I could take it on the plane along with a small backpack for no extra charge. She’d done it dozens of times before. But in the middle of the night before the big day, I woke up full of doubts. I picked up my phone and checked the requirements for traveling with an instrument on Air Canada.