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. 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.
Read the American Federation of Musicians article.
Quoting the Boston Musicians Association, AFM Local 9-535:
“Existing law used to allow each airline to set their own policy regarding musical instruments, and size requirements varied widely for both carry-on and checked baggage. The AFM has been lobbying Congress to enact such a policy for nearly a decade.”
“In the past few months, we have had several BMA members who have endured last minute torture while flying with their precious instruments (especially on U.S Air aka Useless Air.)”
“The due diligence of the AFM’s Government Relations office hopefully will finally put an end to the madness. Special thanks go to BMA member Keith Lockhart and the staff of the Boston Pops for assisting us in successfully lobbying Senator Kerry to co-sponsor this bill. And a salute to former BMA Vice President John Grimes for his persistent work over the years on this legislation. We are sure you will appreciate this the next time you fly your monkey and Hurdy Gurdy to the French Rivera.”