Stricter Luggage Rules of Aeroflot is Highly Problematic for Violinists

Russian Musicians expressed their massive disapproval on social media to Russian airline Aeroflot announcement which will cause severe difficulty for traveling musicians.

The life of a musician will always involve travel. Indeed it is quite a different experience to deliver the music personally to different people in different places around the world. Musicians in Russia became devastated when Aeroflot a Russian airline announced that they would tighten up their enforcement of regulations regarding hand-luggage. The airline company made this announcement on their website stating that controls on hand luggage will be tightened starting February 15, 2018, at Sheremetyevo airport as well as all other airports across their network.

According to the airline company, the stricter regulation was their response to the complaints that they frequently received from passengers. They would often complain about the insufficient amount of space for their hand luggage inside the overhead compartment. Passengers could no longer put their luggage safely on the overhead compartment because of luggage that does not conform to airline’s regulation.

The airline company added that it was only an enhanced reinforcement to the existing rules of hand luggage and not to change it.

According to the rules which were taken from Aeroflot’s website the 115 cm total dimensions required for a musical instrument can only be satisfied by a very compact violin case without a bow compartment.

On the other hand, the airline considers a list of items such as handbags, video cameras, briefcase, laptop computers, carry cots, suit holdalls and even bouquet of flowers as an exemption to the regulation. However, small instruments have no special arrangements.

Violinist Daniel Kogan declares red alert in his post on Facebook. He said “I can confirm that they really won’t accept a violin … In response to complaints, they offer to place it in the hold. In response to pleading, they offer the warm hold. Alternatively, you are refused to board.”

Approximately 7,000 petitioners signed their petition paper to call for a change on the legislative level according to violinist Ksenia Damaris. Musicians want to extend their need to acquire prescribed rights to travel with their instruments safely boarded on the aircraft’s cabin and not merely to depend on the mood of the airline crew.