Rant time!!! Last year when my girls went to NZ for their Grandads 80th they took two of our Cort acoustic guitars. When they arrived back home the case of one of them was virtually destroyed. Up at the headstock end it was crushed so badly that there was splintered wood poking through the soft inside plush material. It's the strongest part of the case and they would have had to put something seriously heavy on it to do so much damage. Luckily it protected the guitar so we didn't make too much of a fuss when reporting it. On Sunday just gone we got back from holidays in NZ and took the Cort Earth Mini guitar in a Mini Maton hard case. My eldest daughter went to retrieve it in Sydney and when I saw her walking towards us with the case in one hand and the guitar in the other I guessed that it had been damaged..... and I was right. There had been so much pressure put on the face of the case that it obviously pushed the bridge so hard it cracked the face on both sides of the guitar face about 8 inches long running parallel to the strings. On further inspection I found that the bracing on the inside of the guitar was shattered in numerous places. So that is one guitar and one case destroyed on two trips. We took the cheaper guitars for this very reason but it only makes the anger a little less than if it had been one of our good instruments. Add to this that I know at least another 4 friends who have had guitars badly damaged by airline baggage handlers, one of which was a very expensive instrument in a seriously strong Hiscox case. The only conclusion I can come to is that in some cases they must do it deliberately, or at the very least, load them in such a way that damage is likely. Why bother having fragile stickers and checking them separately in the fragile and oversize section. I won't name the airline yet as there is a chance they will reimburse us. On the way over to NZ we were helped with check-in and, as per usual, were made to sign a waiver for the guitar. Coming home we used the full self-check-in system which included self baggage check so there was no signed waiver. It's going to be too expensive to repair so we've gotten a quote for replacement. One of my best friends is actually a baggage handler so next time i'm over his place I might just give him a punch in the face to pass on to his co-workers.