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14 June 2013, 12:49 | Updated: 9 January 2018, 15:01
Are you a musician who flies? Getting your instrument on a plane has become one of the most tedious, red-tape-restricted things that a jobbing musician has to encounter. Beat the aviation blues with our handy guide…
Basically, triangle and piccolo players are fine (as long as you can fit them in your 'Karajan' luggage). Anything bigger than that, and you could be eligible for an aviation-induced headache when you get to the terminal. Unless, of course, you follow our handy guide...
Earlier this year, Alban Gerhardt took his cello on a flight to Washington DC - his bow, sadly, didn't make it intact:
Or do you want to give your pride and joy and the source of your income to this guy?
Or THESE guys?
Maybe start a petition, like this one from musicians campaigning for fair treatment from airlines. They've got Katie Melua on board, what's not to like?
Thanks to new EU legislation, things like this might start to happen more often:
After all, if major sporting trophies can travel in first class, why can't musical instruments?
This one. It ends like this: