Travel for any musician is a logistical nightmare. And none more so than traveling via plane. However, a bill brought forth in 2012 may have just lightened the travel load, the bill reads:
“Section 403 of the legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, provides: “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.”
It will now be LEGAL to CARRY ON your musical instrument. This great news for any one fearing damage via checked baggage. There are, of course, a few stipulations: the instrument in question must fit in the over head compartment or underneath your seat. If the instrument does not fit you will have the option of buying a seat for the instrument..but that’s no good for a struggling musician.
On Dec 29, 2014 the Bill was finally proclaimed and will go into effect 60 days henceforth, so some time in early March is the best estimate.
Be sure to check with your airline before traveling , and read up on The Department of Transportation’s site on Traveling With A Musical Instrument for further specifics.
Start planning those tours! Happy Travels!