Following last year’s disagreement on Air Passenger Rights revision between European Parliament and Council, the Ministers of Transports composing the Transport Council are to produce an alternative version by June 2015.
The Parliament version was close to the regulation adopted in the US, and strongly in favor of clear obligations for airlines in regards to instruments transportation – such as, for instance, clear information to passengers.
The Council therefore needs to be convinced of the importance of such binding regulation. To do so, it is crucial to get in touch with Transport Ministers in the coming months to show the American example.
“At Department of Transportation, we know how important instruments are to musicians and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that they are not damaged while being transported on airlines,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This final rule implements the statute, and it will go a long way towards keeping instruments safe when they fly – from allowing them in the cabin if there’s space for safe stowage, to letting passengers buy a seat for certain large instruments.” – US Department of Transportation
If you wish to take action towards the Transport Council and your national Minister of Transport
1. contact us
2. contact European association Pearle members from your own country to coordinate lobbying actions.
3. Use the study and model letter that Pearle has produced to ease you into the subject: you may find it in your member area.