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RE: [panflute-world] musicians & airline travel

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  • Marilyn J. Heed
    Brad, Are you still in the Netherlands? If so, have fun getting your panflute home!!! I agree, airport security is way off the deep end. Marilyn ... From:
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 1, 2002
      Brad,

      Are you still in the Netherlands? If so, have fun getting your panflute
      home!!!
      I agree, airport security is way off the deep end.

      Marilyn

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Brad White [mailto:bwhite@...]
      Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 12:03 AM
      To: panflute-world@yahoogroups.com
      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
      closets."

      "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
      carry- ons.

      "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,

      Brad White
      Honolulu, Hawaii & Delft, Netherlands
      The sound of the panflute inspires mystery & wonder...
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