Hoping to fly with your bass in tow?
The U.S. Department of Transportation has ruled that traveling musicians can place their instruments in overhead bins, if there’s space available, and if not, a second seat may be purchased for an instrument.
Additionally, the DOT offers this advice: “Because the rule does not require that musical instruments be given priority over other carry-on baggage, we encourage passengers traveling with musical instruments to take steps to board before as many other passengers as possible to ensure that space will be available for them to safely stow their instruments in the cabin. This includes utilizing pre- boarding opportunities that some carriers offer (usually for a fee).”
The DOT ruling goes into effect March 6.
There’s much more to the ruling, and if you want the full story on how you can travel with your instrument, take a look at the full, detailed ruling on the Department of Transportation website.Photo by Damian Erskine