Government fails to issue rules to prevent airlines from losing, damaging musical instruments

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 14, 2014 - 11:20 AM

WASHINGTON — Busted guitars, mangled cellos, broken banjos, lost lutes — musicians who rely on airlines to get them to performances have seen it all.

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karendavid816Feb. 14, 14 6:07 AM

Maybe Congress should have required the airlines to come up with the policy instead of the federal bureaucracy. Maybe the President should write the rules, he has a pen.

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mavkatoFeb. 14, 1412:03 PM

Why just musical instruments? Why not extend it to all luggage?

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dahutysFeb. 15, 14 5:31 PM

"Maybe Congress should have required the airlines to come up with the policy instead of the federal bureaucracy." If the airlines wanted to come up with a policy, they already could have. I've been on many crowded flights where the airline asks passengers to check strollers and larger carry-on bags at the gate, and then hands them back to you as you get off. I doubt there is anything stopping the airlines from offering that service to passengers with delicate instruments...other than the fact that the status quo of tossing the instruments around with the other luggage is cheaper and easier.

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