Flying with Instruments

Finally, the DoT has issued a ruling making clear that musicians are allowed to bring their instruments as carry-on luggage for flights. There are two catches, though:

  1. The airlines don’t have to prioritize the instrument, so once the bins are full, you’re SOL. The DoT suggests paying extra for priority boarding to ensure you have safe.
  2. The instrument still has to fit in the overheard bin. If it doesn’t, you’re stuck buying an extra seat to keep it in the luggage compartment.

Here’s a direct link to the final rule. You’ll probably want to have a copy of that with you when the airlines inevitably misinterpret your rights.

via Consumerist