easyJet - easySound? Our instruments IN the cabin on easyJet flights. NO extra charge!

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We are musicians and we are concerned! 

Unfortunately easyJet - (musician's ex-favourite airline in Europe due to their instrument-in-cabin-friendly policy) - have changed their cabin baggage policies completely from february 10th in 2021.

It is now impossible for most of us to keep bringing our instruments such as violins, violas, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, ukuleles, bassoons, cymbals and so on easily and stressless into the cabin. Unless we pay for an extra seat.

There is a whole catalogue of information about what to do for which instrument regarding its specific dimensions on their webpage.

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:

PAST: 

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

NOW - NEW - more complicaded, more expensive:

  • "The seat you have booked will determine what bags you are able to bring on board​."
  • everybody can bring just 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 (max 56 x 45 x 25 cm​)
  • Musical instruments: To take a musical instrument on board as cabin baggage, it must fit within your cabin bag allowance, which will depend on the type of seat you have selected:
  • If you’ve booked a Standard seat or haven’t selected a seat, your musical instrument must fit within the size of your small under seat cabin bag allowance (max. 45 x 36 x 20 cm).

  • If you’ve booked an Up front or Extra legroom seat, your musical instrument must fit within your large overhead cabin bag allowance (max. 56 x 45 x 25 cm).

  • Musical instruments that are larger than the large cabin bag allowance (max. 56 x 45 x25 cm) can travel in the cabin if a separate ticket is purchased for them. They may sit on the seat or on the floor, upright or at an angle, but they must meet the requirements listed below. Safety is our number one priority, so please note that even if the instrument meets all requirements, if our crew are not satisfied that the instrument can be safely stowed, we will have to place it in the hold.

  • Instruments must "sit" in a window seat = extra ticket + extra expenses to pick that seat.
  • 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 undo their decision. Us musicians need 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: CONSIDER TO REACTIVATE THE "good old" POLICY FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS!

 

Long version - why does this concern us travelling musicians?

  1. Covid-19 travel restrictions have put nearly all musicians into a precarious economival situation. Paying for an extra-seat occasionally might be an option every now and then. For regular/weekly flights or planning a tour with a band as we used to do it up to Covid it is NOT an option at all for economical reasons. Our touring gets highly endangered due to the much higher pricing.
  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. Make this change of policy for musical instruments undone!

 

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!



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