Airline Fee For Musical Instruments
21 May 2013
New legislation now means that musicians travelling on domestic flights in India will have to pay an additional mandatory fee of up to Rs 1000 per instrument.
Tabla player Anuradha Pal has launched an online petition via change.org to encourage artists to get together and make a stand against this legislation: “We musicians are ambassadors of Indian culture across the world. Rather than be supportive, so called low cost airlines are exploiting us, by charging for musical instruments, when they are well within weight and dimension limits as prescribed by the airlines themselves!!!"
This new rule comes into effect as a result of the Directorate of Civil Aviation deciding to ‘unbundle’ airfares, encouraging airlines to reduce check-in allowance to 15kg in addition to charging for musical instruments.