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:
- 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.
- 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.