What a great tip!kris barnett wrote:You may already know this, but all U.S. airlines must allow you to take a "guitar sized instrument or smaller" on board with you as long as there is space available in the cabin (overhead, closets, etc.). I travel a lot with my instruments and never had to check it. I simply print this page, underline the salient points, and bring it with me to the airport just in case there are any questions.
https://www.transportation.gov/briefing ... el-musical
Thanks for the heads up. I'll be especially mindful of the size of the aircraft being used.celestemcc wrote:Avoid American Airlines! Especially if it's a short hop and the plane is small (eg, 737 with limited overhead space). Even when the rules were first initiated, flight crews wouldn't let me carry on in spite of my case being small enough and having purchased early boarding.
I can corroborate that Southwest is awesome with guitars! The first time I flew with my guitar, I wanted to check it in, but they almost laughed, and said to simply carry it on. So I have taken my standard carry-on sized luggage, plus guitar, many times. No hassles. Very accommodating staff.powderedtoastman wrote:I recently carried a guitar in a hard case on a Southwest flight and it was super easy, nobody even said a word to me about it. I pay the 15 bucks for early bird check in to get a good place in line for boarding, but even if I hadn't done that I probably wouldn't have had any trouble finding space in an overhead bin.
Southwest's website even says about musical instruments, you could purchase an extra seat for your instrument (at child fare I think) if you really wanted to but I don't think it's necessary in most cases. I'm sure other airlines would do something similar.
Good point. If we can talk about international airlines here, I flew Qantas and Virgin Australia - they both have tiny overhead bins that simply will no fit a guitar. Having said that, you check your guitar into "oversized" luggage, and they treated my instrument very, very well. Just be aware, Virgin only allows ONE MEASLY CHECKED BAG !!! I was okay because my son only had a carry on and I used his one checked bag allowance for my guitar.powderedtoastman wrote:The other good thing about Southwest, I believe that they use the same model of plane for their entire fleet, so once you're convinced it's going to fit in their overhead, you can be sure you're going to get the same next time. You might not do as well if you have to fly in a little puddle jumper.