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Julian Lloyd Webber condemns airline instrument policies

Cello player Julian Lloyd Webber has criticised the unfair way musicians are treated when trying to carry instruments such as violins onto aeroplanes.
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Cello player Julian Lloyd Webber has hit out at what he describes as the "indiscriminate victimisation" of musical instrument owners in airline hand luggage policies.

The internationally-renowned artist has backed a campaign by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) petitioning for the introduction of a standardised policy on carrying instruments onto planes as hand luggage.

Mr Lloyd Webber said he has become accustomed to being charged a full fare to bring his cello onto aeroplanes, even in instances where the aircraft is half-empty.

However, he added: "To expect a violinist to do the same - when their instrument can safely be stowed in an overhead locker - is just plain greedy."

ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts backed the statement, suggesting that the current inconsistent policy on carrying instruments onto planes is damaging musicians' livelihoods.

The ISM is also calling on members of the public to sign its petition, as well as to spread the word about their experiences of unfair treatment via social network websites.

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Posted on 18 Sep 2010 09:50 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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