Airline travel rules.... have been changing.
I have taken my violin with me on countless flights and various airlines accumulating nearly three-quarters of a million miles in the past 25 years. That includes flights out of the country (Sweden, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Russia, Canada, Mexico, and etc.) as well as throughout the U.S.. This has been as a third (exempt) item when the carry-on limit was two items. In all those years and flights I have never encountered a problem... ever... until this week. On an American Airlines flight from San Antonio to Chicago two days ago they insisted on counting my violin as one of the two carry-on items. Fortunately I was able to crunch my valise items into my other carry-on bag and pockets enough to reduce the total to two, including the instrument. So when I arrived home I checked the carry-on rules of American and some others to see what they said, and the rules have changed. No problem bringing a violin on board (yet), but in general it appears to no longer be an exemption for the two-item carry-on limit. Also, since I had valuables in each of the other bags I suggested I would check the violin and was told they would not check a musical instrument. Was this boarding agent on a power trip?
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