The city’s musicians might have less trouble bringing their instruments onto the plane in future, as Cathay Pacific and sister-airline Dragonair are set to revise their policy. The proposed revision came after a lunch between Hong Kong Bar Association chairwoman Winnie Tam Wan-chi and senior management of the airline last month, during which Tam complained her daughter could not bring her violin on board as a cabin baggage on a trip to Beijing, and urged the airline to relax the restrictions. Her wish was answered on Monday morning, as service delivery director at Cathay Pacific, James Ginns, wrote her an email saying: “I am pleased to let you know that the policies will be revised and aligned to allow small musical instruments such as violins to be carried as cabin baggage on both airlines.” Hong Kong musicians angry over MTR registration scheme - and sports players could be next Cathay Pacific later confirmed the news in a response to the Post, saying: “We are in the final stage of fine-tuning the details and will be announcing the new policy later in the summer.” The airline’s baggage policy on musical instruments had long been criticised as too “rigid”, and deterred many high-profile musicians from flying with the carrier. Under its current policy, Cathay Pacific allows passengers to bring “small musical instruments such as flutes or violins” with dimensions no greater than 78x25x15cm as baggage. Those exceeding the limits must be checked into the hold, or their owners would have to pay for an extra seat to put the instrument. In reality, violinists are often asked to check in the instruments by the airline’s ground crew, as they found some violins failed to meet the size requirements. “The [current] policies were misaligned in terms of the dimension specifications for instruments, and were not being consistently applied in the case of either airline,” Ginns said in his email. “My daughter’s case is not an individual case. It’s time for Cathay Pacific to align its policy with international standard,” said Tam. She said other international carries would name certain acceptable musical instruments instead of being picky on the sizes. Hong Kong Sinfonietta had not flown with Cathay for overseas performances since a dispute with the airline over a trombone last April, according to spokeswoman Amanda Mok. The airline insisted a trombone had to be checked in rather than carried as hand luggage, as it was too big for the overhead locker. Mok explained some instruments were extremely precious and could be irreparablely damaged if they were kept with other luggage in the hold. “Since the incident, we have been flying with other more friendly airlines,” she said, adding Singapore Airlines and Swiss Airlines did not require them to check musical instruments in.