Updated: Oct 29, 2020
If you are traveling with your instrument, here are a few things you need to be aware of.
You are allowed to carry on an instrument (as long as it can fit in the overhead bin). It does count as your carry-on allowance, no other bag other than a personal item is allowed.
If the overhead bins are full and no room in the closet or no closet on the aircraft, you will be required to gate check it. Make sure it is in a hard-side case. Airlines do not. reimburse for damage.
You can purchase a seat for your instrument. Cello players do. You will be required to pay the full fare but will not pay for ticket fees and some taxes. You must sit in the Bulkhead row, Non-Exit Only. Call the reservation line.
You can also carry on priceless items, such as artwork, antiques or other valuable items, They must fit in a seat and be able to use the seat belt to secure the item.
You can always check any item at the ticket counter but bag fees to apply. Airlines will not cover any expenses for damage. So pack it well!
Enjoy the Journey