Many of us have seen the recent online petition asking for a change in the way airlines deal with musicians and instruments.
I’ve decided not to sign the petition. Here’s why.
The organisation running the petition, change.org, has received criticism of the manner that they handle personal information, which may be openly available to search engines and which they may be selling to others as part of their revenue stream. (They are a for profit organisation running campaigns on behalf of other organisations). And I have never heard of the FIM (the organisation who want the petition), and I don’t know what their agenda is either.
Besides, I’m not that happy with the petition. It’s vague and badly written, doesn’t approach the differing problems with different instruments, and needs something resembling concrete proposals.
“We want change!”
“OK. What kind of change?”
Personally, I’ve had no troubles travelling with instruments. I pick my airlines carefully, I talk with them before hand, get documentation if possible. If I’m travelling for paid gigs, any additional costs are considered when deciding if the trip is financially viable.
I’m not saying that airlines shouldn’t work better with musicians, of course they should, but I’m not sure what legislation can do, or what legislation is needed, to alleviate the problem. Without deciding that and putting it in the petition, I think we’re peeing against the wind. We need to do a better job of this and do it through more recognised organisations that can claim to speak for more of us as an industry of professionals.
Have a great weekend, everyone,