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A few months back, we wrote of the challenges of traveling with a musical instrument. Since then, we received a request to publish a guest blog post, which, as you may imagine, had a commercial motivation: you see, the Flight Case Company, an English enterprise, makes bespoke musical equipment cases. allen_heath_xone_42_xone_62_and_xone_92_mixer_flight_case_1_2_1While I cannot personally vouch for the quality or suitability of these cases, they sure look top notch. And their blogger provided this really cool infographic of the Ultimate List of Tips for Travelling [sic – they’re English] Musicians.

Here’s their pitch: “Forget the stress of flying long hours with your whole crew and luggage, you also have to make sure that your priceless musical instrument makes the journey safe and sound. Well, here is some good news for you! The Flight Case Company has an entire line of bespoke equipment cases that has been built just for musicians. So whether it is a simple guitar case that you need or a Mackie DL 1608 Digital iPad Mixer flight case, they’ve got just what you’ve been looking for. Check it out!”

I considered demanding one of these bespoke travel cases for my D-28, as quid pro quo for this shout-out. Ah, bloody commerce.

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broken_guitarIf you play an instrument and have ever tried to fly commercial with it, you know what a nightmare it can be, as I was recently reminded when traveling to perform with Cousin Billy. Everyone from the check-in agent, to the gate agent, flight attendant and pilot will tell you to check that thing through, in the baggage hold beneath the plane, where the kid-gloved baggage handlers and sub-zero temperatures will season that precious Martin D-45 to its optimal playing potential. Or you may buy an extra ticket for your special friend. Ahem.

A few of years ago, the Do Nothing 112th Congress passed the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (the “Act”), of which Section 403 provides:

“SMALL INSTRUMENTS AS CARRY-ON BAGGAGE – An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage ….”

While the very of passage of the Act clearly proves that President Obama does not play an instrument, the pertinent language of the bill is simple enough, right? Apparently not. When the bill passed, Congress mandated that by February 6, 2014, the FAA was to promulgate regulations to implement the new law. The FAA dithered and dallied until finally, on December 29, 2014, the Transportation Department issued the regulations that will put the Act into effect, which become effective 60 days following publication of the regs in the Federal Register, expected to happen next week. Continue reading