It's been exactly a year since I last flew... am flying again in two weeks to see my mom and am trying to find out if I can hand-carry some china with me. I really don't want to ship it and would consider checking it on the airplane IF they don't make me open the box... Has anybody ever carried something fragile with them? Or heavy like this? Do they make you open it and unwrap every little thing? I thought of maybe wrapping each piece in bubble wrap and then sticking in a suitcase filled with peanuts, too. Then I have an empty suitcase to bring home with me to fill with stuff I buy shopping!