Updated Air Pax Regs: Airlines Must Accept Musical Instruments

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

As of 15JUL, 2019, the updated Air Passenger Protection Regulations will require commercial airlines to accept musical instruments in checked or carry-on baggage unless security or safety is an issue, a result of the efforts by the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM).

These amendments will include clear and predictable terms and conditions with regard to musical instruments as well as the obligation to carry and accept an instrument. 

Airlines will also be required to offer an alternative to musicians travelling with instruments should a change in aircraft cause an instrument not to fit. 

"Over the years, we've seen far too many professional musicians have very expensive and often irreplaceable tools of their trade broken or destroyed during air travel," explains Alan Willaert, Canadian VP with the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. "We have worked closely with the Government of Canada and all Canadian air carriers on this issue since 2014 and are delighted to see these demands become regulation."


CFM will issue a Canadian Flying Guide over the coming weeks to further assist musicians flying with instruments. Each airline will also publish clear guidelines as to the policy. 
Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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