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British Airways Instrument Policy

The MU has been having fruitful discussions with British Airways, who are actively seeking workable solutions for guitars and larger music instruments.

Last updated: 07 January 2021

The current British Airways policy on guitars is that they go into the hold unless you have bought an extra seat for it 24 hours in advance, if available. An exception may be made at airport check-in on direct long-haul flights that are not full and in cabins where space is more available, but this can never be guaranteed and unlikely to be available at Heathrow or Gatwick, so be prepared to put your guitar in the hold or buy an extra seat for it in advance. 

The even more acute stowage problem comes with short haul flights on smaller aircraft, however British Airways continue to actively seek solutions.

We will be meeting with the airline to discuss the problem and options that will improve the experience for musicians travelling with BA. 

In the meantime, access the BA policy on travelling with musical instruments

If you anticipate flying with a larger instrument that exceed the 80cm in length criteria, do contact the airline in advance to discuss the options that are open to you at this current time.

Find out more via British Airways