The rule requires that each U.S. carrier subject
to this regulation allow a passenger to carry
into the cabin and stow a small musical
instrument, such as a violin or a guitar, in a
suitable baggage compartment, such as the
overhead bin or a closet, or under the seats, in
accordance with FAA safety regulations and the
carrier’s FAA-approved carry-on baggage program.
Carriers must allow passengers to stow their
small musical instruments in an approved stowage
area in the cabin if at the time the passenger
boards the aircraft such stowage space is
Under the rule, musical instruments as
carry-on items are treated no differently from
other carry-on items and the stowage space
should be made available for all carry-on items
on a “first come, first served” basis.
Carriers are not required to give musical
instruments priority over other carry-on
baggage, therefore passengers traveling with
musical instruments may want to buy the
pre-boarding option offered by many carriers to
ensure that space will be available for them to
safely stow their instruments in the cabin.