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What You Need to Know if an Airline Makes You Check Your Expensive Guitar

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This travel tip comes to us from, which got it from Ari Herstand, a musician, actor and blogger who advises musicians.

It's a handy tip about flying with your guitar, violin or other expensive instrument.

Basically, the next time an airline asks you to check your guitar, tell the counter agent or guard about the 145-page FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, section 41724, which was signed into law by President Obama last year.

You can find a partial copy of pages 74 and 75 below, courtesy of You might want to print it out before a flight:

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For more guitar travel tips, check out Buzz Campbell's "A Jedi's Guide to Traveling by Air with Your Guitar."