US Airways Denies ISO Musician Space for Bass
Being an IT standards junkie my first thought on seeing this headline was “The International Organization for Standards has musicians?” However in this case “ISO” means Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
In 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act which included a section devoted to the transportation of musical instruments, after lobbying from the American Federation of Musicians.
“An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage,” the section reads in part.
A section covering large instruments says they can be allowed in the checked baggage area if “the weight of the instrument does not exceed 165 pounds or the applicable weight restrictions for the aircraft.”