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Guitar World Article About Flying With Instruments

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Kmonk, Feb 6, 2014.


  1. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I know this topic comes up on a regular basis so I figured I would share this article from Guitar World which references the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. It clearly states that airlines must allow people to carry instruments on to a plane without charging an additional fee.
    http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-alert-you-can-carry-your-guitar-it-s-law

    Here is the link to the law. Scroll down to section 403.
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112hrpt381/pdf/CRPT-112hrpt381.pdf
     
  2. yeah but that is just for small instruments.
    usually a bass in a hard case is too big.
    besides, I don't really want to carry that thing around the airport anyway.
    get a good case, wrap your bass in towels or t-shirts for extra cushion.

    and if you have a super expensive bass, don't fly with it.
     
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  4. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    The law states guitars and instruments can be carried on the plane as long as it fits in a "suitable baggage compartment".

    I have flown with my bass in a hard case many times, always as a carry on and have never had a problem.
     
  5. NandoVieira

    NandoVieira

    Apr 6, 2011
    New York
    Does anyone here have experience in flying by AVIANCA and taking the bass as a carry on baggage?
    I did it many times flying by AA and The Attendants always helped me putting my bass in the closet, but I don't know if it is a normal procedure at Avianca… by phone, they told me that I may take the bass as my only carry on… but it's verbal...