One swallow does not make springtime, but we’ve received this encouraging report from Fiona Stevens, one of many travellers who are alarmed at Air Berlin’s ban on violins. Fiona writes:
This morning my colleague Daniel Deuter flew from Munich to Berlin with Air Berlin and with a viola.
He wrote to me:
“When I had checked in I asked for the ‘accepted cabin baggage tag’ for my viola case. The check-in agent made a phone call, asked whether this would be possible, and confirmed that I would be able to take the viola on board”.
This is the kind if news we have all been waiting for and I sincerely hope it is the result of Air Berlin’s decision to reconsider their policy regarding violins and violas as hand luggage. Thank you Air Berlin at this point!
In my case for Tuesday I still require written confirmation that I will be able to board with a violin as I am directing a rehearsal immediately after I land (literally – taxi from the airport, it starts when I get there) and cannot afford to miss the flight.
I do hope I will receive this, or that Air Berlin will issue a general statement revising their hand luggage policy for musical instruments.