If you’re a fan of The Kinks and/or their former guitarist, Dave Davies, you may have noticed a bit of a kerfuffle he had on New Year’s Eve with British Airways.
Davies took to Twitter to voice his anger about the airline’s refusal to allow him to take his guitar onboard as a carry-on bag, saying that the airline had forced him to pay an extra £69 to check it in.
Now, this was a British Airways flight, but for our American readers, it is worth keeping in mind that your right to carry your guitar on board with you is protected by law.
Section 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, signed into law by former president Barack Obama, requires that all U.S. airlines accept musical instruments as carry-on or checked baggage, provided certain requirements are met.
In December 2014, the law was amended by the U.S. Department of Transportation to require that each U.S. airline allow passengers to carry on and stow in the cabin a “small musical instrument, such as a violin or a guitar.”
So, if you’re flying on an American based airline, you need not suffer through recurring nightmares of your precious guitar being tossed haphazardly around!