Thanks to Facebook friend Jay, I came across this post relating to carrying guitars and other instruments on airplanes. This contains valuable information relating to the legalities surrounding the carrying of instruments aboard commercial aircraft. I don’t travel much so I didn’t know this was a big deal, but apparently some airlines and/or security personnel aren’t as familiar with the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 as they should be. Can’t really hold them at fault, the damn thing is nearly 150 pages. However, there is a clause on musical instruments starting on page 74 and ending on page 75, according to this Ari guy.
“An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage, if
(A) the instrument can be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat, in accordance with the requirements for carriage of carry-on baggage or cargo established by the Administrator; and
(B) there is space for such stowage at the time the passenger boards the aircraft.”
So if someone tries to get you to check your instrument as luggage, subjecting it to mishandling and transportation damage, then whip out your printed copy of the musical instrument clause mentioned above and tell them “you have to let me take it on board by law.” However, I wouldn’t be surprised if you got picked to have a thorough search complete with a latex covered finger in your butthole. But hey, at least you got to take your guitar on board.
Read the original article here.