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Delta Airlines Changes Instrument Carry-On Policy

Lost and damaged baggage is rough on any traveler, but for a musician, few things can be more nerve-racking than the thought of a treasured guitar tumbling and slamming around in the hull of an airplane. At least on one airline, musicians may get a break from broken instruments.

In a move publicly praised by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Delta Airlines has decided to rollback its strict policies regarding the transportation of instruments as carry-on baggage. Since post-9/11 changes in baggage regulations, the airline had developed a poor reputation for refusing to cooperate with musicians who requested to bring on carry-on instruments, specifically guitars. With its 100,000 members, the AFM union levied a boycott of Delta flights in 2006, which has since been lifted.

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