If you’re reading this, it is probably a good thing and a sign that your band is ready for the road. Here is what you need to know about flying with instruments.
There are a few new rules when it comes to traveling then there were in the past.
- Airlines must now allow a smaller instrument, such as a violin or guitar, to be stowed on board as carry-on baggage, so long as there’s room for said instrument in the overhead storage racks or under your seat at the time of boarding. Storage is provided on a “first come, first serve” basis.
- You cannot be asked to remove your instrument from the plane once it has already been safely stored on board.
- You cannot be charged any fees for bringing an instrument on board as carry-on baggage other than any standard carry-on fee charged by the carrier.
- Passengers who have instruments that are too large to be carried on board as standard carry-on baggage (for example, double basses) may store their instrument in a separately purchased seat.
Make sure that you pack your instruments in a hard case that fits your instrument snug. Also, make sure your remove everything else in the case and pack it in another bag. Have you ever noticed how much your luggage will move around on a flight?
There is an old tale that you have to loosen your strings when you take your guitar with you on an airplane. You don’t.
You may annoy other people on the plane, obviously because instruments take up a lot of space, so if you can, try to get priority boarding that way you can get a spot and not bump into so many people while you’re trying to store your instrument.
Also, remember to be polite. That always goes a long way.