Instruments Vs Planes

Written by Simon Woods

So, airlines can make up their own rules on musicians’ instruments on board planes. This spells disaster for any up-and-coming musician on tour. We are now expected to pay for two tickets – one for us, one for an instrument. How is this fair? The fact is, airlines and their staff won’t take much interest in ‘looking after’ instruments in the baggage hold. It’s not their job. They just have to get everything on board the plane, any which way. It seems that unless you’ve made it, and your managers or employers pay out for you and your instrument to fly business class, there is absolutely no point in taking an instrument that is irreplaceable on a plane.

Instruments are not furniture, or hobby based things, they are our livelihood. If the aircraft damage our possessions, it will put us out of work for a good few months – during which it is likely musicians will earn next to nothing, because they cannot play, which means they cannot do their job. Maybe the Musicians’ Union can come up with help for us to sue them for gross negligence, damage, and loss of work due to their incompetence!!!

…or, just take the train. Yep, it’ll take much longer, but hey – at least you can take your instruments on it – and look after them!!

Here’s the link to the BBC article:


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. joannerosecarr
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 09:14:08

    I’ve gotta say it. Virgin did a great job with my sax BUT you have to remember to phone then in advance to tell them your instrument is coming (which I did) and they MUST give you a reference number (which I did not get.) Otherwise they can try and make you pay excess baggage on it and at $60 a bag thats a lot of money.


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    Feb 19, 2011 @ 01:04:16

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