AFM: Passage of FAA bill music to the ears

A variety of trade groups are praising Congress’ passage Friday of reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration for the next four years.

That includes musicians.

The bill includes provisions that create a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes.

Any instrument that can be stored safely in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat can be considered carry-on luggage, according to the American Federation of Musicians.

The bill sets standard weight and size requirements for checked instruments. And musicians may buy a seat for an over-sized instrument, such as a cello, that are too delicate to be checked.

In the past, each airline could set its own policies on musical instruments.

“This is great news for professional musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada who carry the tools of our trade — our instruments — aboard commercial aircraft,” Ray Hair, AFM president, said in a statement.