FAA Misses Deadline for Carryon Regulations
As of February 14, two years have passed since a groundbreaking provision was signed into law that would protect musical instruments transported in-cabin on airplanes. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has failed to implement the new policies. PAA joined more than 25 other national organizations in a February 3 letter calling on the FAA to complete the rule-making process that it has yet to even begin. Responding to ongoing evidence that musicians’ tools of their trade are often in extreme jeopardy when traveling by air, 35 members of Congress signed onto a February 11 letter to the Secretary of Transportation, urging immediate action. We are grateful to Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chairs Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), as well as Reps. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who are exercising leadership in this ongoing effort.