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Breaking: Europe grants rights to musicians to carry instruments on planes

A reform of EU passenger rights law, announced today, appears to include the right to carry small musical instruments on board a passenger flight. The small print has yet to be clarified but the Telegraph reports that airlines will be obliged to accept smaller instruments on board and state the terms and conditions under which they are put in the hold.

The new rules have yet to be approved by member states and the European Parliament. They do look like a chink of clarity in a murky sky

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), said:’ If these regulations go ahead, this will be a huge benefit to professional musicians.’

British Airways, meanwhile, announced a new world record for the highest concert – a session by Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde at 43,000 feet on a red-nosed Boeing 767 aircraft for Comic Relief. Guitars were taken on board and played.

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  1. James Brinton says:

    Guitars, yes. Cellos, no. Hmmm.

  2. There remains a problem for cellists (I am one myself). I know easyJet and BA (I think) currently take them on purchased seats but you need to book by phone beforehand to confirm which seat they are on (as it can’t be an emergency exit seat for obvious reasons)…

    • Don’t forget the cautionary note in an earlier post (it may have been by Mr. Harrell or Mr. Katz), that some major airlines use secondary carriers to fly some of their routes, and, in his case on one flight, the secondary carrier would not allow Mr. Cello to be seated, even with ticket in hand. (One wonders if he still got credited for the mileage, and/or was offered extra food, drink, blanket and headset.)

  3. Joep Bronkhorst says:

    Proposals? ‘Appears to include’? ‘If these regulations go ahead’? Where’s the ‘major victory’ described by the Telegraph then?

  4. superb,
    but what about Double-Bass ??? I wish to find some small place for>>>>

    • Into the cargo hold she goes, unless, maybe, you and your orchestra charter a flight. (You know some of those Air America planes have lots of room, though their cargo is not always kosher.)

  5. Will they eventually require passports for the tools of the trade? Dual citizenship anyone?

    • And what about whalebone windings, mother of pearl, ivory open trench frogs, German bows that are clunky but have elaborate inlays? Do you still have to hide them in your pants our under your dress, hoping that the TSA personnel still won’t know how to operate or interpret their MRI machine photo images, and/or that there will be no pat down or pet down by some grinning gorilla who uses one set of gloves for every man, woman or child?

  6. Mea culpa for poor grammar and fuzzy thinking- (I don’t mean as in TSA warm and fuzzy).

  7. Stephen Wingfield says:

    It could be good news for some of us; it remains to be seen what the official definition of “small” instruments includes.

    But I must say that at first glance, Norman, you made me cringe by placing the words “Breaking” and “instruments” in close proximity!

  8. Yes, Ed, passports do seem to be on the horizon.

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