Video of Russian musicians giving impromptu performance on board after being forced to check in their cases – despite airline publishing musician-friendly policy in February


Members of the Pokrovsky Opera Orchestra travelling from Riga back home to Moscow with Aeroflot were told that there was no room for their instruments in the cabin.

After a ‘long dispute’, they eventually settled on checking the cases in and keeping their instruments on their laps, even giving an impromptu performance for the other passangers.

Aeroflot attracted the ire of Russian musicians in February this year with an announcement that it would tighten up enforcement of hand-luggage regulations, with no loopholes for musicians.

However, it backtracked a few days later, issuing a specific musician-friendly policy, increasing the allowable dimension to include any instrument up to and including guitars.