I am in full agreement, There needs to be consideration for very expensive instruments on all airlines. We enjoy listening to these talented musicans when they perform. Make their life easier by setting carry on laws to accommodate them, by letting them acquire the seat next to them at a reasonable price!
I strongly support this petition. As a guitarist I have been travelling on planes for the last 40 years and the situation with regards to instruments in the cabin has got worse. One big problem is the total unpredictability of the airline's attitude at check on whatever their stated policy.
Traveling through the United States with an orchestra, our percussion traps case was damaged in transit. Baggage handlers do not have the time or training to handle delicate objects like musical instruments that could so easily be accommodated on board.