NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Rhode Island is calling on the government to clarify federal rules about bringing musical instruments on to commercial flights as carry-on luggage.

Sen. Jack Reed fired off a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx after the Providence Journal reported that members of the band Deer Tick were delayed on a flight from Nashville to Rhode Island after being barred from carrying their guitars on to the plane.

Reed said a 2012 law meant to allow musical instruments as carry-on items so long as they can be safely stowed in the aircraft cabin has yet to be implemented.

He said musicians who come to Rhode Island for renowned music events such as the ongoing Newport Folk Festival should not have to deal with "arbitrary and conflicting" airline storage policies.