With her third album, ‘Pictures’, Georgian-born Katie Melua became in 2007 the biggest-selling UK-based, female artist in the world and is one of Britain’s most successful artists of the new millennium.
“It is always exciting for a professional musician to be given a new opportunity to perform abroad. This is what our life as performers should be, performing for as many people as possible in as many possible places throughout the world. Unfortunately, this can become a nightmare as soon as you reach the airport check-in or boarding gate.
There is no way you can predict how the airline company will treat you and, in particular, whether you will be allowed to take your instrument on board with you.
You may very well end up not travelling at all and miss your engagement
You may very well end up not travelling at all and miss your engagement just because you haven’t been authorised to fly with your guitar in the cabin. This has happened, and continues to happen to many musicians in Europe and elsewhere around the world.
I do hope this can be changed! I fully support the FIM campaign aimed at adapting the European legislation to musicians’ concerns. This is a fantastic initiative, which has received the support of 25,000 signatures in just a month.
Please don’t let airline companies decide whether or not we may perform abroad: our jobs, our careers, our lifes as artists are at stake here!”