Monday, August 2, 2010

Petition to Allow Musicians to Carry Instruments on Airplanes

Please sign this petition to help ensure that traveling, working musicians gain the legal right to carry their instruments with them on airplanes. Right now, there is no federally mandated regulation, and often, musicians are forced to stow their expensive, fragile, often handcrafted, pieces of art (and sources of their livelihood) in unstable storage areas.

From the American Federation of Musicians website:

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.

Petition to Allow Musicians to Carry Instruments on Airplanes

Please read and sign when you have a moment.