I would definitely NOT let it get loaded into the plane. If you've ever the news you are liable to see them -Hurling- your prize model up into a cargo bin. Putting sheet foam inside the box first seems to be a great idea. Then pack it in a plastic bag and crumpled plastic and paper and peanuts and stuff, so there is no shifting.
Just a thought here , I would call Fed-Ex and see about them have it to the Hotel around you check in time and advise the manager to be on the look out for it from them. I would also let them know you've packed in the box and where it going and why , maybe then the driver will be even more careful with his cargo.
Just a couple thoughts I hope will help
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