I wanted to share the good news of some encouraging developments in our campaign to make life easier for musicians travelling with their instruments by plane.
Since last summer we have been campaigning to establish clear and consistent guidelines for musicians. Several of you have had problems taking small instruments like violins, trumpets and guitars into the cabin because of some airlines' restrictive hand baggage rules, even though the instruments fit easily into overhead lockers.
On Wednesday the issue was debated in the House of Lords, with Lord Clement-Jones asking the government's transport spokesman about it. In addition, easyJet has announced its new 'musician-friendly' hand baggage policy following discussions with the ISM. Under these rules, musicians will be able to bring instruments within the dimensions 30 x 117 x 38cm - including guitars, violins, violas, flutes, clarinets, and trumpets - into the aircraft cabin. Larger instruments like cellos will be accepted by special arrangement.
These are really encouraging developments and we feel like our campaign is really gathering momentum. We'd really like to keep this up, so if you haven't yet signed our petition calling for clear and consistent guidelines across the airline industry, please visit our website (ism.org) and click on the link. You can also share your stories of problems you've had flying with your instrument.
Callum Thomson, Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)