Musicians have long encountered difficulty and uncertainty when traveling with musical instruments by air.  Immediately following the events of September 11, 2001, a national coalition of concerned organizations including the League of American Orchestras and the American Federation of Musicians, began influencing policy and crafting tips for making reservations, packing instruments, and calmly dealing with last-minute problems. Orchestras and individual musicians are reminded to plan carefully for the safe transportation of musical instruments when traveling by plane, taking into account required security measures and changes in airline policies. 

There are steps you can take to increase the chances of successfully carrying instruments in-cabin or as checked baggage. We have outlined a guide below, and similar information is included in the FAQ and tips provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

US DOT Resources for Flying with Musical Instruments

Choosing an Airline and Making Your Reservation

Packing and Carrying Your Instrument

Security Screening Procedures

Dealing Calmly with Last-Minute Problems

Filing Complaints

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