Petition to standardize policy on 'Carrying Instruments on Airplanes' between airlines.

Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 11:55 pm
Carrying Instruments on Airplanes

Musicians constantly face difficulty traveling with their instrument. Although AFM won a commitment from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow instruments through security checkpoints, policies for carrying instruments on to airplanes still vary wildly from airline to airline.

The inconsistencies in airline policies make it extremely difficult for musicians to plan their travel and earn a living. Thus AFM fought for language to be included in the Senate version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill (S.1451) that will streamline the airlines’ carry-on policies regarding musical instruments. If this bill passes musicians will be able to carry most musical instruments on board and place them in the overhead compartment or in a seat (if a ticket is purchased).

This bill is currently being debated in Congress and it is critical that all musicians weigh-in to demand that the Senate version (S.1451) of this language be included in the final bill. Please sign our petition below to support streamlining airline carry-on policies, so that travelling with an instrument is safer and more reliable.

Please sign this petition to demand that the language included in S.1451 is included in the final version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill.


I first heard about this problem a couple of weeks ago on the radio program Soundcheck:
Congress is considering legislation that will govern airlines’ carry-on policies for musical instruments. Currently musicians are subject to the whim of individual airlines. On today's show, the battle over flying with instruments.
When Flying Hits a Sour Note
The Strad magazine recently polled its readers to find out which are the best and the worst airlines for musicians with instruments -- looking at everything from checking in to finding overhead space. Strad editor Peter Somerford discusses the results. Also, the American Federation of Musicians is currently lobbying Congress to change the FAA regulations overseeing musical instruments. We’ll get an update. And we speak with cellist Greg Beaver, who was recently told he had to buy a first-class ticket for his cello, despite having flown it in coach many times before.

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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 12:11 am
Did you know that a Thompson with either style magazine really won't fit into a violin case? S'truth.
Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 12:32 am
It took me a minute to realize you were referring to a Tommy machine gun. It's late and my brain needs to shut down into sleep mode.

Interesting lil fun fact roger. Ought to tell the TSA to bugger off and leave the musicians alone as they can't hide this mafiaesque machine gun in their instrument's travel case.
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