Music in the Sky
Congress passed a bill allowing musical instruments on airplanes. This comes as very welcome news to musicians throughout the United States who rely on traveling with their instruments for their profession and livelihood. The bill creates a uniform national policy that allows musical instruments that can fit in the overhead compartment to board a plane as carry-on luggage, permits musicians to purchase a seat for oversized instruments that are too delicate to be checked, and sets standard weight and size requirements for checked instruments. Prior law allowed each airline to set their own policy and size requirements. This victory for musicians comes after nearly a decade of lobbying for such change.