Rep. Yvette Clarke calls on Federal Aviation Administration to better protect high-flying entertainers’ instruments

Repping Brooklyn! Flatbush Congresswoman wants smooth landings for borough musicians’ gear

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A Flatbush pol is demanding airlines take better care of Brooklyn musicians’ precious cargo.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D–Flatbush) is pushing new rules that will ensure airlines treat Brooklyn melody-makers’ gear with some tender-lovin’ care.

“Our musicians will remain on location, touring ’round the nation,” Clarke said, quoting the Beastie Boys classic “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” when touting the new rules, which would force airlines to better protect musical instruments on flights.

Clarke asked the Federal Aviation Administration to see if it would be possible to allow musicians to carry on their guitars and horn instruments.

But the congresswo­man’s office was light on details about how to make the proposal workable, saying that it would be up to the regulators to implement the plan.

“It really relies on the agencies to fill in the interstices,” said Clarke spokesman Patrick Rheaume.

The idea came out of a Tennessee legislator’s complaint about country strummers’ achy-breaky instruments, Rheaume said.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Rep. Yvette Clark was quoting the Beastie Boys' classic "Rhymin' and Stealin'" when in fact she was quoting "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," another of the group's many classics.
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Reasonable discourse

gimme from yours says:
thanks Yvette, btw I have a purty hefty instrument if you're interested ;-)
Feb. 16, 2014, 1:20 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
many years ago American airlines forced me to check my guitar as luggage. this was an old ovation that is now almost 40 years old with a hard shell case that had among other things been thrown out of a window, fell down stairs etc but AA managed to crack the case and headstock. Mind you golf clubs were allowed and stored in the forward cabin.

a great trick as well was to by a fender or Gibson in the usa - go to the uk or france and get 3x what you paid.
Feb. 16, 2014, 2:02 pm
jay from nyc says:
This congress person is a disgrace, she claimed that she graduated from college, but in reality she did not and then her excuse was that she forget she did not graduate. Get her the heck out of office already. More to the point of this artilce, of all the problems in Brooklyn this is what she focuses on, that speaks for itself. We can do better than this.
Feb. 16, 2014, 2:58 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I hope she can protect all those instruments from the slave-owning New York Dutch from 1898! ( )
...dumb as a post, this one, and I simply can't believe that she came up with this, or any legislation, on her own. Or maybe she did, the fact that it has no details about operations or implementation and is more of a "just go do it" kind of thing, speaks volumes about the level of cognitive going on in a Congressional head. Lights are on, but nobody's home.
Feb. 17, 2014, 9:44 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I can't believe missed this: Hey, Will Bredderman.... "on location, touring ‘round the nation" is from "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" not "Rymin and Stealin"....

My god, the piles of stupid here are tall enough to block the sun.
Feb. 17, 2014, 9:55 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but this problem has been fixed. My apologies for the mix up. Thanks for reading.
John Wasserman
Feb. 18, 2014, 2:29 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Pardon me, but it seems you may not be taking the time-stamps of either the comment or correction note into account.
Feb. 19, 2014, 2:16 pm

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