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.