It’s happened again. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R.658) was signed into law by the President on February 14, 2012, but some people still haven’t heard the message. ISB member Ranaan Meyer and members of his trio “Time for Three” were trying to fly back to Philadelphia after appearing on the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television show in Los Angeles. Yet a US Airways agent would not allow him to check his trunk for his flight home. Competing airline Delta saved the day by accepting the trunk.
Would US Airways have refused a set of golf clubs or other bulky professional sports equipment? There continue to be reports of musicians and their instruments being prevented from boarding planes, yet when was the last time a golfer missed playing in a tournament because an airline would not accept his golf clubs in a hard case?
The good news is that many airlines’ oversize checked luggage policies are evolving to allow musicians to travel in support of their studies and careers. Let’s take advantage of a teachable moment and demonstrate to US Airways that our country needs that special brand of happiness that comes from listening to music. But this can only happen when musicians traveling with their instruments are treated with respect by all airlines. Post this video on your Facebook pages and forward to your friends and colleagues. Can we go viral and show some bass power? (and members outside the United States, let us know how it’s going with normalization of travel with instruments on your country’s airlines!)
(This is on the TSA’s own website, folks!)
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658)
It’s the law!