Here’s an important piece from Steven Isserlis on the ever-worsening travel situation for musicians in and out of Britain. Let me state this clearly- these new rules have nothing to do with safety. I’ve been through several worst case scenarios with airlines because of my cello over the years- it’s led to missed flights, lost gigs, and worst, several thousands of dollars in restoration costs to my 370 year-old instrument. Hard to believe it just got worse, but it did.
After 9/11 the US authorities briefly tried something similar before Congress actually stepped in to restore sanity (how often does that happen???). Delta actually makes a policy of flouting US law by refusing carriage to instruments on many of their flights, and they’ve been blacklisted by the union as a result. If you love music, write your legislator, your aviation authority and your airline, and let them know how you feel about this.