Posts tagged “travel”

January 7, 2017

Musicians should embrace carry-on baggage fees

People are outraged over an airline’s announcement that its cheapest fares will no longer cover carry-on baggage. (This isn’t the first time that airlines have charged fees for carry-on bags.) My experience flying with musical instruments as carry-ons has been stressful at best. This passage from an economics textbook rings true to me: The battle begins in the gate ...

March 6, 2013

Sorry, but you still can’t bring your reed knives on US flights

There has been some buzz (no pun intended) among US reed players about an announcement from the infamous Transportation Security Administration that some knives will be allowed in carry-on luggage starting next month. But make no mistake—your reed knife will still need to go in your checked bag or it will be confiscated at a ...

October 13, 2010

This week in airline travel with musical instruments

Photo, caruba A couple of blog posts related to airline travel with musical instruments have caught my eye so far this week: Saxophonist Greg Vail had a bad experience checking his horn. Yes, he did check it—sent it to be stowed in the airplane’s cargo hold rather than carrying it on himself. But it wasn’t ...

July 8, 2010

Petition: Ask the U.S. Congress to support better air travel for musicians

instrument cases Photo, nobleviola The American Federation of Musicians, the world’s largest organization promoting the interests of professional musicians, has put its support behind the U.S. Senate’s version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill (S.1451). This bill seeks to overhaul many aspects of air travel, and the official summary includes this text: (Sec. 713) Requires an air carrier ...

July 11, 2009

More on airline travel with musical instruments

Since my post earlier this week about air travel with instruments, two of my favorite woodwind bloggers have also addressed the subject, both inspired by the “United Breaks Guitars” video phenomenon. Helen at Bassic Sax shares a bad experience flying with a tenor saxophone. Patty at oboeinsight shares the United Breaks Guitars video, and, rightly, ...

July 8, 2009

Airline travel with musical instruments

During the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling with my instruments, on a number of airlines and through quite a few airports. Here are a few thoughts on getting instruments safely and smoothly to your destination. Going through airport security In most cases, your plan should be to carry your ...
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