Are you still in the Netherlands? If so, have fun getting your panflute
I agree, airport security is way off the deep end.
From: Brad White [mailto:bwhite@...
Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 12:03 AM
Subject: [panflute-world] musicians & airline travel
All right, Kevin, now drop that panpipe and put your hands up...
Anybody have any problems traveling with their instruments recently?
"I'm forwarding the latest horror story about how the new paranoia about
onboard security is affecting musicians. There are those who suspect that
this particular enforcement might be motivated more by a desperate grab for
money on the part of the airlines than by any real concern for the safety
or comfort of passengers and crew.
"For a bit of background, please note that violins, violas, mandolins, most
guitars, and most woodwinds and brass instruments fit -- with ease -- in
most overhead bins. They all fit -- with ease -- in the onboard coat
"DEAR STRINGS MAGAZINE: I don't necessarily want to write an article, but I
wanted to inform you of a new airline regulation which is designed to take
advantage of musicians.
"Alaska Airlines has just changed their regulations about carrying musical
instruments onto their airplanes. My brother flew with them this week, and
they informed him that he was not allowed through the security checkpoint
without a ticket purchased for his violin. We are not sure exactly how many
instruments are covered in this policy, but at least violins, violas and
any other instrument of the same relative size are no longer allowed on as
"After an hour of arguing, my brother was forced to buy another ticket at
the outrageously expensive 'price of the day,' and then when he finally got
in the airplane, he was forced to put his violin in the overhead
compartment. The seat which he purchased for his violin remained empty.
When he complained about this, their rationale was that if we are "rich
enough to have nice instruments," then we are "rich enough to buy extra
seats for them at high prices."
Aloha & Groetjes,
Honolulu, Hawaii & Delft, Netherlands
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