Great news for musicians traveling by air in the United States—Congress has passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, including new standards for the stowing of musical instruments and related gear during flights.
The new measure, FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658), provides specific guidelines for the safe storage of fragile instruments in the cabin either as carry-on luggage or allowing musicians to purchase an additional seats to accommodate oversized instruments.
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) applauds the the change while BMI salutes the passage. Both organizations has been pressing lawmakers to adopt a single standard for air carriers.
Note, however, that it may take some time before the measure is implemented—so always check with your airline when scheduling your flight to learn about their policies and procedures for storing instruments during your flight.
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