The Musicians’ Union has welcomed a new proposal before the European Parliament which would finally solve the problems that musicians face when travelling on planes with their instruments.
The proposal would revise Air Passenger Rights and would mean that ‘the 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.’
This comes as a result of intense MU and FIM (International Federation of Musicians) lobbying on the issue which saw more than 40,000 people sign a petition to persuade Europe to bring in legislation to clarify rules on the carrying of instruments.
John Smith, MU General Secretary and FIM President, says:
“I am delighted that the European Parliament looks set to adopt this proposal, which will make such a difference to working musicians.
“The MU has been lobbying on this issue for years and actually reached an agreement with the Department for Transport in 2006, but we have long been saying that it is only by working at a European and international level that we can successfully tackle this issue, as the problem is much broader than just UK airlines.
“The problem has always been that existing law allows each airline to set their own policy regarding musical instruments, and this proposal would bring much needed uniformity and fairness to the whole sector.”