Are you a budding musician or just enjoying playing the guitar in your free time?
Did you know Southwest allows instruments to fly free with you?
Flying Instruments on Southwest Airlines
The airline allows instruments to count as 1 of your 2 FREE checked bags per person.
They also allow 1 small musical instrument, including guitars, to count as your carry-on (so long as there is room under the seat or in an overhead bin).
If your instrument won’t fit under the seat or in the overhead bin, you can purchase a ticket for the instrument and place it in the seat.
These conditions apply if you want to put your instrument in the seat…
- It must fit in the seat without blocking important aircraft signage
- It must be secured with a seatbelt
- It must be placed in the first row
- It must be in a seat closer to the window
- A reservation must be made and the ticket will be no more than the child’s fare
Southwest is a big supporter of musicians, often inviting them to play live on their planes.
I have yet to encounter a live musician on a Southwest plane, but that would be pretty amazing!
Participating artists have included:
- King & Country (I’m a fan!)
- Green River Ordinance
- Caroline Rose
- Safety Suit
- Walking on Cars
- The Strumbellas
- Blue October
- The Black Cadillacs in the Sky
- Drake White
Their website, Southwest.fm, shares the many music events in which Southwest takes part.
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