Travel Season is coming up, and we have tons of tips for traveling with your instrument! Moreover, we also have a large selection of guitars and cases designed specifically for portability, should you want to rock out on your vacay.
We've all seen how the airlines treat their paying customers, so imagine what those scoundrels do to your luggage...especially checked guitars. If you have any doubts to the validity of this observation, we have posted a link to the viral video, "United Breaks Guitars", so you can hear (and laugh) about the dangers of checking a fine musical instrument.
Luckily, laws were passed during the Obama administration to protect musicians flying with musical instruments. Below are some important excerpts from the FAA regulation as well as a link to relevant page from the Department of Transportation. Know these rules and stand up for your right to travel with an instrument- maybe Unite Airlines wants to buy your next piece of gear via an in or out of court settlement?PART 251: CARRIAGE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
§ 251.3 Small Musical Instruments as Carry-on Baggage
Each covered carrier shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other small 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 FAA; and
(b) there is space for such stowage at the time the passenger boards the aircraft.
§ 251.4 Large Musical Instruments as Carry-on Baggage
Each covered carrier shall permit a passenger to carry a musical instrument that is too large to meet the requirements of section 251.3 in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to the cost of an additional ticket described in subparagraph (e), if
(a) the instrument is contained in a case or covered so as to avoid injury to other passengers;
(b) the weight of the instrument, including the case or covering, does not exceed 165 pounds or the applicable weight restrictions for the aircraft;
(c) the instrument can be stowed in accordance with the requirements for carriage of carry-on baggage or cargo established by the FAA;
(d) neither the instrument nor the case contains any object not otherwise permitted to be carried in an aircraft cabin because of a law or regulation of the United States; and
(e) the passenger wishing to carry the instrument in the aircraft cabin has purchased an additional seat to accommodate the instrument.