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MU Update on British Airways Instrument Policy

The MU has been in discussion with British Airways over a recent development of their musical instrument policy.

For some members, recent developments will be welcome news as British Airways have actively stated that musicians can “take small instruments in the cabin as part of (but not in addition to) your free hand baggage”. 

British Airways specifically mentions violas and violins, and state that they recognise the damage that can be done by temperature and pressure when carrying items in the hold. They also ask that passengers with instruments board early in order to accommodate their instruments in the lockers.

However, British Airways states that guitars are too long to go in the overhead lockers and passengers will need to book another seat.

Since this policy’s enforcement, Musicians’ Union (MU) members have contacted us saying they have always been able to get guitars into overhead lockers.

The MU contacted British Airways and it seems that whilst there has been no actual change to the airlines’ policy in the last two years, the messaging to all airport staff needed to be made clearer regarding smaller instruments. The MU welcomes this.

However for guitars, the MU was informed that prior to now passengers could not book additional seats, but now they can. So, while this is an added expense, it is possible to travel with your instrument. The MU has sought clarification on this point and we wait a further response.

Find out more via British Airways.


Published: 07/11/2017
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