The Senate amendments to the FAA reauthorization bill include Section 714, which updates the law on “transporting musical instruments,” which is clearly an important issue for our elected representatives. I bet you’re on tenterhooks waiting to read this groundbreaking legislation. Here are some highlights from among the bureaucratic tedium:
- “An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin without charge if the instrument can be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat.” But if bags shift while in flight, the airline is not responsible for damage to your Stradivarius.
- “An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a musical instrument that is too large to meet the requirements of paragraph in the aircraft cabin without charge if. . . the instrument can be secured by a seat belt to avoid shifting during flight. . . .” Secure your own mask before assisting your instrument.
- . . . and if “the passenger wishing to carry the instrument in the aircraft cabin has purchased an additional seat to accommodate the instrument.” Would a cellist count as disabled for air travel purposes in Canada?