Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Praises New Rule Protecting Musicians, Instruments in Flight

Jan 6, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – As Congress began a new session Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement of a rule that protects musicians and their instruments during air travel.

“I’ve been pushing hard for the federal government to protect our musicians and our musical instruments,” Cooper said. “Finally, the FAA is allowing guitars in overhead bins on airlines. You won’t have to check your instrument underneath the plane. You’ll be able to carry onboard and keep it safe.”

The new rule takes effect March 1. It allows musicians to stow their instruments in overhead bins or under seats if space is available. Inconsistent policies previously had harmed musicians, whose instruments often were lost or damaged as they traveled from show to show.

After hearing from the music community, Cooper and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander helped set standards for the transport of guitars and other instruments. They later led an effort with their colleagues encouraging speedy implementation of the law.

The rule applies to scheduled and charter flights in domestic or international transportation operated by U.S. carriers, no matter the size of the aircraft.

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