From the International Society of Bassists:
The American Federation of Musicians is gathering signatures on a petition to urge Congress to adopt uniform rules for musicians to carry on or check their instruments aboard U.S. planes.
To view the bill as currently written, go to http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s1451/text. Section 713 “Transporting Musical Instruments” a.(3) provides for instruments too large to be carried into the cabin to be checked without additional charge (!), maximum combined linear measurements 150 inches, and maximum weight 165 pounds. Sounds like a dream come true!
You’ll have to sign in and create an account in order to sign the petition. If this kind of legislation would pass, life for traveling bass players could end up changing radically (for the better!).