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What to Know Before You Fly


TSA Airport Security Screening Update

It’s important to be aware that the TSA is in the process of updating security scanners at airports across the country. These new TSA screeners are smaller than previous equipment, and are causing delays and burdensome confusion for some musicians.

The new machines’ smaller entry size (24.5″ W x 16.5″ H) means that larger instruments that fit in the airplane luggage bins may not fit in the new scanning machines, or more specifically, do not fit in the trays that are used with the new machines.

For any instruments that don’t fit at the security checkpoint, TSA personnel will now have to individually inspect instruments, causing delays for the traveler, as they will be pulled aside and have to wait for special screening.

The AFM has verified that the language or meaning of the law regarding musical instruments as carry-on on domestic airlines has not changed.

As always, it’s important that you check the overhead capacity of each plane on which you will travel beforehand to ensure your instrument will fit. If you have concerns about whether your instrument will fit in the new machines, you should plan for extra time at security and arrive at least 30 minutes earlier than normal. If possible, try to get priority boarding and board early, when overhead compartments are less full.

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