NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A new law allows musicians to carry their instruments on the plane with them.
Stories of musicians forced by airlines to check their guitars, violins, and banjos, many damaged or even destroyed during flights, are common inside Corner Music.
“It’s very frustrating to have a guitar completely compromised or damaged and have to live with those scars,” Nolan Lucas explained to News 2. “A lot of people who have experienced these problems in the past have come to us to upgrade their cases.”
On March 1, if there’s space either in an overhead bin or under a seat when a passenger boards, travelers can bring their instruments on board with them.
“There’s a ton of instruments flying out every single day so anything that’s going to help alleviate the stress of having to check it out plus having to deal with a broken instrument, having to go through all of the issues of having it repaired or replaced.”
Lucas believes the law will increase bag sales at the store.
“People prefer the bag because it’s lighter, it’s a little more affordable, but they have been hesitant to take bags on because sometimes you’re forced to check it. If you are forced to check a bag its a guarantee damaged instrument.”
The law is a big step in a city known for it’s music, where instruments are often the bread and butter.
“You know the average acoustic guitar in here is probably $1,500 and up, so it’s an expensive instrument and when it’s damaged it can be very costly,” Lucas said.
Travelers can buy a seat for certain large instruments.
For useful tips and information on how to prepare for air travel with musical instruments, click here.