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    Congress makes it easier to fly with instruments

    AFM applaud passage of FAA bill.

    Finally, relief at last for musicians who travel with their instruments on airplanes.

    Congress has finally passed legislation that sets a consistent national policy allowing musical instruments on airplanes.
    Any instrument that can be safely stored in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat may be brought on board as carry-on luggage.
    Additionally, the bill sets standard weight and size requirements for checked instruments, and permits musicians to purchase a seat for over-sized instruments, such as cellos, that are too delicate to be checked. 
    Existing law used to allow each airline to set their own policy regarding musical instruments, and size requirements varied widely for both carry-on and checked baggage. 


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