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Bringing musical instruments into the cabin

To take a musical instrument on board as cabin baggage, it must fit within your cabin bag allowance, which will depend on the type of seat you have selected:

  • If you’ve booked a Standard seat or haven’t selected a seat, your musical instrument must fit within the size of your small under seat cabin bag allowance (max. 45 x 36 x 20 cm).
  • If you’ve booked an Up front or Extra legroom seat, your musical instrument must fit within your large overhead cabin bag allowance (max. 56 x 45 x 25 cm).

Musical instruments that are larger than the large cabin bag allowance (max. 56 x 45 x25 cm) can travel in the cabin if a separate ticket is purchased for them. They may sit on the seat or on the floor, upright or at an angle, but they must meet the requirements listed below. Safety is our number one priority, so please note that even if the instrument meets all requirements, if our crew are not satisfied that the instrument can be safely stowed, we will have to place it in the hold.

Instruments to travel in the cabin if a seat is purchased for them:

  • must not exceed the maximum allowed weight of 75kg (instrument and case combined)
  • need to fit within the minimum seat width of 43cm
  • must be in a case, with a handle which is capable of being used to pass the seat belt through, so that they can be safely secured to the seat
  • must not protrude more than 30cm above the top of the seat back. The seat height is 68cm from the seat cushion, and 114cm from the floor.
  • can only be placed in window seats
  • cannot be booked in restricted seats or seats in the rows next to restricted seats

Please be aware that we’re not able to take seat bookings for instruments smaller than 56 x 45 x 25 cm as we’re unable to secure them safely in a seat.

To book a seat for your instrument, you’ll need to add a passenger to your booking and add ‘Mr Musical Instrument’ as the passenger name. If you’ve already booked your seat and need to add a musical instrument, please contact our Customer Services Team

Please be aware that seats bought for musical instruments do not come with any cabin bag allowance.

If you’d prefer, you can check your instrument into the hold instead, by booking a hold luggage allowance.

Putting instruments in the hold

Any instrument that does not meet the requirements (above) allowing it to safely travel in the cabin can’t be taken on board the aircraft as cabin baggage. You’ll need to add hold luggage to your booking for these items. Please ensure they’re packed safely and securely.

We recommend you buy specialist travel insurance to cover your musical instrument before you travel.



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