easyJet - easySound? We need our instruments to remain IN the cabin on easyjet flights.

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We are musicians and we are concerned! 

easyjet - which used to be musician's favourite airline in Europe due to their instrument-in-cabin-friendly policy - have decided to change their cabin baggage policies completely from february 10th in 2021.

From that date it will be impossible for most of us to keep bringing our instruments such as violins, violas, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, ukuleles, bassoons, cymbals and so on into the cabin.

To fellow musicians – what YOU can and should DO now:

1) Please sign this campaign in order to show easyjet how many we are.

2) Really important: Tell everyone in the comments a bit about your personal situation and how much you fly with easyJet and in which way the new policy will affect your way of touring if you feel like sharing. This is crucial to show to humans at easyJet what our personal motives are. That helps them understand how many clients with how many flights yearly they will lose!

3) Please help our campaign to florish and pass it to all your friends and colleagues who may be personally affected by the above mentioned.

 

Short version:

NOW: 

  1. Instruments can be brought INTO THE CABIN really easily. (Max 120 x 38 x 30 cm) A small bag / laptop is permitted in addition.
  2. For some instruments as cellos and some kind of small harps easyjet offers customers to buy an extra seat and name it Mr. Seat Cello

FUTURE - very soon to come:

  • "The seat you have booked will determine what bags you are able to bring on board​."
  • everybody can bring a small cabin bag (45 x 36 x 20 cm​)
  • travellers who book an "Up front or Extra legroom seat" can also bring an additional large cabin bag on board (56 x 45 x 25 cm​)
  • musical instruments: must be within these dimensions (either the small cabin bag dimensions OR the large cabin bag dimensions but NOT bigger than 56 x 45 x 25 cm) from 10th february 2021

"Please note that for travel from 10th February 2021, we are making some changes to what you can carry on board, which will impact the size of musical instrument you are able to bring on board as cabin baggage, as above. Musical instruments that are larger than your cabin bag allowance, up to the size of a cello, can travel in the cabin if a separate seat is purchased for them. Any instrument larger than a cello will have to be checked in as hold luggage.​"

These facts can be checked on:

https://www.easyjet.com/en/help/baggage/cabin-bag-and-hold-luggage​https://www.easyjet.com/en/help/baggage/musical-instruments

Our demand: We ask easyjet to stick to the max. dimensions 120 x 30 x 38 cm plus remaining stressless and permitting an extra piece of small hand luggage as the rule acutally permits at the moment and has so for many many years.

EASYJET: DON'T CHANGE THE POLICY FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AT ALL!

 


Long version - why does this concern us travelling musicians?

  1. Our instruments basically can NOT go into the cabin ANYMORE at all because even IF we bought the pricier up-front or extra-leg-room tickets most of our instruments still won't match the new MAX dimensions (max. 56 x 45 x 25 cm).​
  2. We are business travellers. We bring our instruments because we need them for work. When we take the effort to bring instruments on planes we normally do so because we either fly to a rehearsal / concert / project or lessons all across Europe. We can not leave them behind. Being business people means we travel frequently. We are steady customers who depend on a simple, save and generous cabin bag policy to be able to rely on the chosen matter of transport. 
  3. Our instruments are our most valuable belongings. On one hand they are expensive and unique - irreplacable. Typical values range between 5.000-30.000 Euros per instrument. On the other hand we can't risk that they get destroyed on a journey - as the reason to travel in general is a business trip to a concert etc... and the instrument is highly needed to be intact. That may explain why for most of us it is a no-go to even consider putting these items on hold. 
  4. The fact that many instruments are made of wood and don't react very positively on abrupt changes of temperature and air-pressure is another reason why we don't to travel with airlines that would put them on hold.

 

What can we do?

We would like to urge easyjet to reconsider changing the cabin baggage policy concerning musical instruments. There are many reasons to offer a generous handling of musical instruments.

Because:

With the new policy easyjet will very efficiently and almost instantly lose their good reputation amongst musicians. At the moment easyjet is the most practical airline for musicians and is popular for it. This will drastically change very soon if the announced changes will come into people's awareness.

Musicians are loyal and steady customers. We depend on all different means of transportation as our professional activities take place in all countries all across Europe and further away.
If we can't fly with easyjet anymore we will have to travel by train, coach and more expensive airlines that guarantee us save, easy and reasonable transport of our instruments IN THE CABIN.
After Covid we will as soon as possible start our musical activities abroad again. It is a fact that easyjet like other airlines suffer from the reduction of travelling. Us musicians cannot wait to travel again.

In case easyjet stick to their NEW cabin bag policy it is up to our creativity to find other ways of touring. And after all WE are the creative force!

 

(again:) We ask easyjet to stick to the max. dimensions 120 x 30 x 38 cm plus remaining stressless and permitting an extra piece of small hand luggage as the rule acutally permits at the moment and has so for many many years. Don't change the policy for musical instruments at all!

 

So, will our future be with or without easyjet?

 

To fellow musicians – what YOU can and should DO now:

  1. Please sign this campaign in order to show easyjet how many we are.
  2. Tell everyone in the comments a bit about your personal situation and how much you use easyjet and in which way the new policy will affect your way of touring if you feel like sharing.
  3. Please help our campaign to florish and pass it to all your friends and colleagues who may be personally affected by the above mentioned.

 

Thank you and stay tuned!