Good news for musician travelers:
The new rules, which go into effect on March 6, allow you to stow a guitar, violin, trumpet, or other instrument in the overhead compartment if there’s room at the time you board.
But make sure to understand the fine print! Having priority boarding never hurt anyone:
Note that the new rules alone don’t necessarily mean it’s going to be perfectly easy to fly with your instrument. There are still some extra steps you should take to make sure your instrument arrives safely at your destination. For example, it’s definitely worth looking into your airline’s boarding procedures, to try and ensure early boarding so overhead space will be available. Large items that don’t fit overhead will still need to be checked. It’s also important to be prepared for the TSA’s security screening needs.