Instruments on planes policy supported by EU parliament

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Musicians have moved one step closer to securing a uniform policy that would allow them to take their instruments on planes after the European Union’s parliamentary body voted in favour of a legislative reform.

The European Parliament has agreed to a revision of air passenger rights, which includes a reform that would mean air carriers “must accept smaller instruments into the passenger cabin” and “must clearly indicate the terms and conditions for the transport of larger instruments in the cargo hold”.

The changes will now be seen by the European Council, which has the power to bring the proposed legislation into effect.

The Musicians’ Union and International Federation of Musicians (FIM) have campaigned for years about the problems resulting from the lack of an international uniform policy for carrying instruments on planes. Currently, each airline can set its own rules about musical instruments.

John Smith, MU general secretary and FIM president, said: “I am delighted that the European Parliament has voted in favour of this proposal, which will make such a difference to working musicians.

“I urge the European Council to follow the parliament’s lead and endorse this regulation as soon as possible.”

 

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