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Air Travel Now Officially Sweeter for Musicians


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Transportation Authority releases final ruling on musical instruments onboard U.S. air carriers

On Dec. 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the long-awaited final administrative rule which fully implements section 403 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2012, the law authorizing musical instruments as carry-on baggage on board U.S. air carriers.

This historic accomplishment was led by the American Federation of musicians and made possible through efforts by members of Congress who are longtime AFM allies, and officers and rank-and-file members of Local 161-710 in Washington, D.C.

The final ruling pertaining to musical instruments can be read at www.dot.gov.

When traveling by air with your musical instrument, the AFM strongly recommends that you take a copy of this TSA letter & FAA rules you: FAA letter 2015.pdf