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Small musical instruments to be allowed on planes under new EU rules

Small musical instruments to be allowed on planes under new EU rules
14 Mar 2013

Passengers are to be allowed to bring small musical instruments on board flights as part of a shakeup by the European Commission.

In the past, musicians have been forced to consign valuable instruments to the hold or book extra seats to accommodate them, the Telegraph reports.

Other improvements to passenger rights, such as compensation for flight delays, will also be included in the raft of measures expected to come into force in 2015.

Commenting on the changes, Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said: 'If these regulations go ahead, this will be a huge benefit to professional musicians.'

A group of musicians including 80s legend Kim Wilde had no problem getting their instruments onto a recent British Airways flight. They were flown up to an altitude of more than 42,000ft earlier this week, where they broke the record for the highest ever concert to raise money for Comic Relief.

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