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Cello on the plane

Classical Jam
From: New York, NY
Cello on the plane

Do fellow cellists have problems on the plane even after purchasing an extra ticket?  

I was chatting with some colleagues on mine on Facebook.  We were joking about the many things cellists go through on the plane.

Here are some common happenings to cellists:

1) get kicked off the plane even though one has an extra cello ticket

2) being moved to the back of the plane

3) forced to put the cello upside down

4) flight attendant freaking out on the plane,

5) put the cello in a stupid bag and wrap it around 100 times on the plane

6) delay departure until the cello is "secured" on the plane

7) Being told that "You should have played the flute" from fellow passengers on the plane.

8) occasionally having my cello moved up to First Class while I sit in economy class

Do you have funny or traumatic cello on the plan stories to share?

Mr. Howard W. Levitsky
From: New York, NY
New FAA rule about instruments is about to be signed

 

The AFM applauds passage of FAA Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 7, 2012

AFM Contact: Honore Stockley 
(315) 422-4488 ext. 104
honore@bentley-hall.com

The AFM applauds the passage of the FAA Bill that sets a consistent national policy allowing musical instruments on airplanes

After five years and 23 short-term extensions, Congress has passed legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next four years. Included in the bill are provisions that create a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes. Any instrument that can be safely stored in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat may be brought on board as carry-on luggage. Additionally, the bill sets standard weight and size requirements for checked instruments, and permits musicians to purchase a seat for oversized instruments, such as cellos, that are too delicate to be checked. Existing law allowed each airline to set their own policy regarding musical instruments, and size requirements varied widely for both carry-on and checked baggage. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has been lobbying Congress to enact such a policy for nearly a decade.

"This is great news for professional musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada who carry the tools of our trade – our instruments – aboard commercial aircraft," said AFM President Ray Hair. "Ending the confusion over musical instruments as carry-on baggage has been a top legislative priority for nearly a decade. I am proud of our Government Relations Director, Hal Ponder and his assistant Laura Brigandi in our Washington legislative office for seeing the effort through. Musicians can now fly in friendlier skies."

The FAA reauthorization was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, February 3 by a 248-169 vote. It subsequently passed the Senate on Monday, February 6, 75-20.  The President is expected to sign the bill into law.