Minister of Civil Aviation, India: Stop airlines from charging for musical instruments, irrespective of weight and size limits
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Ministry of Civil Aviation, India
Minister of Civil Aviation
Director General, Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Arun Mishra

Minister of Civil Aviation, India: Stop airlines from charging for musical instruments, irrespective of weight and size limits

    1. Anuradha Pal
    2. Petition by

      Anuradha Pal

      Mumbai, India

Musicians and sports-people are ambassadors of our culture across the world. But instead of being supported by the airlines, we are being exploited by them!!!
The Ministry of Civil Aviation recent directive of 'unbundling' of fares is ONLY a hog wash in the name of reducing fares.. It only means giving less service and facility for the flyer and charging more for giving what was normal earlier. Over these years, when did air fares ever reduce? Even so called low cost airlines charge as much as Air India or Jet!  
What can explain why the Ministry of Civil Aviation / DGCA has reduced Baggage allowance to a measly 15kgs when 20 kgs is the norm around the world?? For every kg above 15kgs, the airlines are charging upto Rs 250 per kg!! What exploitation & greed is this??? This hurts everyone who travels!!
In addition, the DGCA has directed that we musicians and Sportspersons have to now pay a TAX of Rs 1000 for each musical instrument/ sports gear, no matter how small or light it be!! Even after charging that tax, the airlines take NO responsibility for the damage!! So this so called 'Special handling fee results in broken instruments- proof of which is in the attached photos and articles!
What’s even more outrageous is that the airlines have been charging this fee even before the official order from the DGCA. In the above video my friend Raghu Dixit was charged Rs. 4000 extra in Nov 2012, just because he was carrying a small case of bamboo flutes that weigh as much as a laptop!!
Please sign my petition, spread the word to your friends and tell the Director General/ Ministry of Civil Aviation to scrap this outrageous TAX levied for carrying musical instruments and sports equipment and increase baggage allowance for all musicians/ dancers and sports people to 30 kgs, when they fly with any airline in India.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Air India breaks Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's Sarod

      Anuradha Pal
      Petition Organizer

      Here is an article on how Air India broke Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's Sarod.
      These airlines show complete disregard towards our instruments and then expect us to pay them extra.

      Air India breaks sarod, Ustad Amjad Ali's heart

      (PRICELESS: Ustad Amjad...) For the last 25 years, this instrument has been Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's constant companion. It has travelled with him far and wide, earning applause for the maestro and laurels for the country. On Thursday, however, the jugalbandi between the Ustad and his beloved sarod ended somewhat abruptly.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. An article that appeared in today's Mid-day

      Anuradha Pal
      Petition Organizer
      Special airline fee for musical instruments hits the wrong note Musicians across the country are seeing red over what they have termed a 'ridiculous' new rule, which forces them to cough up Rs 1,000 for every musical instrument they carry on board a domestic flight. The diktat, which came into effect after DGCA approval earlier this month, had already been enforced by some airlines last year.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 2 months ago

      I manage 40 bands, which means around 200 musicians, and it is unjust for each one of them and all fellow musicians to be charged for a musical instrument. Musicians do not have any monthly fixed income, hence it is difficult for them to bear the expenses, since clients do not reimburse in most cases.

    • dipankar bhagawati PUNE, INDIA
      • 3 months ago

      i played musical instruments in school. if i were a musician now, i could not even afford to commute by air, unless i am damn rich!

      • 5 months ago

      I am a musician and i have to travel around with my guitar, there are really no sponsors in the market to pay us any more than travel to the destined city so we do not earn anything at all, still airline charge us for our guitars and processors which is strictly unfair practice.

    • Love Lyngdoh INDIA
      • 5 months ago

      The answer is why should Musicians be penalized and exploited by the Authority concerned...what have the musicians done negatively to the Ministry of Civil Aviation ?

    • Amitav Goswami NEWINGTON, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      Musicians are the heart and soul of a society and lead a difficult life financially till they are very famous. Its our duty to look after art helping them in carrying their instruments free of charge. There are lots of fat people who should pay double fare!


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