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[Feb. 5th, 2005|01:29 pm]



hey ladies and gents ~

Given that post a few days ago about an America West refusing to allow a passenger to bring her cello on the plane, I figured it was about time to post a link to this letter again.  It's a letter from the department of transportation stating that arlines are to allow musical instruments as a <i>third</i> carry-on item:


I found this letter in this community a year or so ago, just after I'd joined, and I've found it extremely helpful on several occasions.  Print a copy out, stick it in your violin case, and show it to the airline personel if they try to prevent you from bringing your instrument on the plane.

(and if they still try to force you to check it, you could always tell them how much your instrument is worth, and then tell them that you will sue the airline for any and all damage done to the instrument...)

I don't know if this will really be helpful to many of you, but I figured it couldn't hurt to pass it on anyway :-P

 ~ Jen


[User Picture]From: meatloaf_lives
2005-02-05 06:48 pm (UTC)
thanks so much! what an awesome idea. sometimes airlines just bug the crap outta me.... >:o grrrrrrrrrrrr... hopefully this letter will help.
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From: muzikme14
2005-02-05 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting this up. Every year I go down to Florida to see my grandparents and though they have generally been pleasant about it, I have had a couple instances where they gave me flak about it. One year they had this new policy where they had to open and inspect all instruments and they took mine aside and took it out and messed with it and it was highly aggravating and seemed a little over the top, considering how much threat an 11 year old with a violin is. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: splowey
2005-02-05 07:56 pm (UTC)
haha, I totally understand... when I was maybe 12, right after I'd gotten my full-sized violin, the security people insisted on opening up my violin case and swabbing my violin for explosives. i mean, HELLO, how ridiculous is that? I was twelve, for goodness sake, and they'd already run my violin through the scanner and everything...

anyway, glad I could help! I think I might make a point of posting this link every six months or so, just for everyone who missed it the last time... :-P
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[User Picture]From: sweetmei
2005-02-05 07:29 pm (UTC)


thank you SO much for posting this letter! i've always had to stuff everything into one bag when i fly with my violin, and it gets hard for my back, which has enough problems without a heavy backpack. this would also help many orchestras who go touring. i've experienced some airlines which almost forced us to check in our violins...!!! now how awful is that? i think i might just pass this onto my orchestra and my school... just in case they run into some stubborn airline peoples...

thank you!!
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[User Picture]From: pirastro_tonica
2005-02-05 08:19 pm (UTC)
I think that the mod of this community should save this post as a memory!! I know I'll be travelling (to China! yay) with my orchestra next year, so we will probably need this! thanks for the link!! and I really liked your other post, complaining about the airline. I'll note to myself to never fly that one unless I have this paper with me. :-D
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From: rumbro
2005-02-05 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That will be very helpful for me in the future. Over the summer they wouldn't let me take my violin on the plane. They made me put it in the cargo area and it ended up breaking.
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[User Picture]From: failed_letter
2005-02-05 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've printed it, but I'm not sure I'll actually be helped by it in that I'm going with a preestablished travelling orchestra that has it in the rulebook that you either get a carry-on OR your instrument, and the other gets checked. :-\ (I'm not checking my instrument, so it could be a loooong flight to Europe...)

Matter of fact, miss Musikme14 up there is coming, too. So if you see this, what do you plan to do?
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From: muzikme14
2005-02-05 10:15 pm (UTC)
Wait a minute...carry on OR instrument? I thought you could have two carryons.......and even three now that this letter is out....hmm.....well, I would take my instrument. Wah I might do is store my CD player, a few books and mags amd such in the pocket of my violin case, then wear a coat and a sweatshirt and pants with pockets to fit food/gum/mints/whatever in them.....hmm...I'll have to email Sarah and see what shes gonna do.
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From: jamie_adhd
2005-02-05 11:48 pm (UTC)
I had problems last year taking my violin with virtually all the major carriers er..(4) of them. They seem to have no problem with a string instrument but then they get knit-picky(sp?) about the case dimensions.. its like their way of retaining control over people. I find it hard to believe that -all- of the overhead compartments would be occupied on every single flight. And its not like i'm trying to drag a tuba or bass with me. The brain-dead TSA screeners also seem to think its their job to enforce the dimension-policy(?) even though it varies airline-to-airline and isn't up to them anyways. Horizon & Sun Country? seemed to be the most flexible.

thank you for posting the letter :)
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[User Picture]From: comatose_asian
2005-02-06 07:39 am (UTC)
thank you! i'm going to germany and the czech republic this summer, and this will prove to be helpful!!!
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