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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-American Airlines apologized to a concert musician for not allowing her to keep her violin with her as carry-on luggage. The Associated Press reports that Rachel Barton Pine, a concert musician, was told her 18th century violin could not be stored in the overhead compartment and she would have to gate-check the instrument. She declined and was forced to take a later flight even though the airline’s own policies state that musicians may carry on small instruments.

-Speaking of baggage, airlines are losing luggage at the lowest rate of all-time, the Los Angeles Times reports. A study by SITA, a European airline technology company, said the worldwide rate of lost luggage dropped 10.5 percent in 2015 even as the number of passengers has increased by 7 percent.

-The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing Allegiant Air’s certification two years earlier than it was scheduled. The Orlando Sentinel said the airline’s routine evaluation was bumped up to 2016 to “ensure that work the carrier is doing to address various internal issues has resulted in the desired improvements.” The airline has had several safety mishaps leading to canceled flights and diversions.

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