#1
Just a bit of info I thought I should share with UG-ers

Musical instruments will be treated the same as regular carry-on luggage so long as they meet the standard carry-on guidelines. Airlines will not be allowed to charge you a fee for bringing a musical instrument on to the plane.


Source: http://lifehacker.com/5881644/how-flying-will-change-in-2012-as-a-result-of-the-faa-reauthorization-bill
#3
**** yeah! Hopefully this will seriously decrease any horror stories involving airlines.

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#7
That doesn't really mean you'll be able to walk on with any guitar you fancy. Any instrument you bring on will still have to be within size and weight limitations, which is typically <24kg and within 57x44x24cm. Particular airlines will let you take on items around the size of a guitar on but that is nothing new and will incur extra charges. The change in the law is basically one of classification; you will no longer be charged more because it's an instrument, you'll just be charged more because it's a big item.
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Way cool.

It'll be real cool if that's international, but, if it's just America, that's still really cool.
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#9
wow, they should do that kinda thing in Europe too! Finally an end to hoping your guitar will have a save trip
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Wow, none of that is new. Except for the fee thing, but the only airlines that used to do that were the budget ones. And if you were flying on a budget airline, you probably didn't need to (except for, ya know, funerals).
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#11
awesome... now if i can only carry on a half stack... actually i'd love to carry on just a head or a 1x12 cab but it might be past the 24kg
#12
...so long as they meet the standard carry-on guidelines[/quotes]
Think about the size of a carry-on... most guitars are longer that 57cm (22.44"). Maybe if you separate the body and neck... MAYBE!
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awesome... now if i can only carry on a half stack... actually i'd love to carry on just a head or a 1x12 cab but it might be past the 24kg


An airline will let you carry as many cabs/heads as you want as long as you buy them each a seat xD isn't that funny?
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Wow, none of that is new. Except for the fee thing, but the only airlines that used to do that were the budget ones. And if you were flying on a budget airline, you probably didn't need to (except for, ya know, funerals).

That's what I thought. Perhaps there are new laws or regulations making this official, but in practice, I've never seen anything other than what that article claims is new.

You've always been able to ask nicely and carry a guitar on, often in the crew's closet if they've got the room. Plus, as has been pointed out, a guitar case doesn't meet carryon dimension requirements anyway, so that law doesn't really change anything.
#15
Not only that but here in Canada, you'd have to get your guitar past security who may class it as check in only and make you check it in long before you get a chance to see how amicable the crew is!
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#16
To be fair, you could really mess a guy up with a telecaster if you were determined to bring the plane down.
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or one of em pointy heavy metal guitars
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#18
What about flying out of America? I'm going to Vegas next month and I'm considering picking something up (considering it's a lot cheaper than here in the UK).
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What about flying out of America? I'm going to Vegas next month and I'm considering picking something up (considering it's a lot cheaper than here in the UK).


Guitars don't meet the standard carry on guidelines, anyways, so this is actually irrelevant for guitarists. You're going to have to check any guitar you buy.
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#20
Wow, totally missed the "standard carry-on" section, but at least you wouldn't be forced to check it in, just pay the extra!

I guess this would benefit for those bringing smaller instruments (maybe a violin) but those were probably snuck on the plane anyway
#21
That's what's confusing, to me. You never had to sneak them on before. A violin is small enough that you just bring it on and call it your carry-on luggage. Most violin cases are longer than standard carryon allowances, but they're considerably thinner and narrower. If you caught crap for a violin before, it was because the case was too big, not because it was an instrument.

Lots of people carried this letter in their case - it's been around since 2003 or so, and says exactly what that article is claiming is new. I just don't think it's a new policy, and if it is, it's not changing procedure for most airlines (in the US, at least. Can't speak for other countries).
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#22
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To be fair, you could really mess a guy up with a telecaster if you were determined to bring the plane down.


sigged, oh for the love of god xD

on an unrelated note....what about basses? would they conform to this new law? or are they going to be charged extra?
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