They said they would call police if I took my instrument on board
December 11, 2014 by norman lebrecht
From Sam Schlosser, principal trombone of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra:
I will NEVER EVER fly US Airways again. Discrimination against musicians. They have a long record of it, and I’m adding my experience today to the list. Had with me a tiny carry-on (easily fits under the seat) and my horn in its super-compact Marcus Bonna case. They said they would call the police(!) if I tried to board with the trombone, refused to let me show them that it would fit, and were incredibly belligerent while I remained polite and pleaded my case.
Page 74-75. If you’re a musician, carry this with you when you fly! They will try every trick they know to get around this law, including lying to your face that it doesn’t exist. http://www.gpo.gov/…/BILLS-112hr6…/pdf/BILLS-112hr658enr.pdf
I explained that I fly all the time with my horn and have never ever had a problem with any other airline. Told them about the bill passed by congress explicitly stating that musical instruments ARE allowed on board aircraft in addition to a small carry-on and a personal item. The agent responded with “I KNOW THE LAW!” Apparently he doesn’t!!!! They threatened to throw me off the plane because I was “clearly going to cause problems during the flight,” which is nonsense… Unbelievably bad customer service every time I fly US Airways. I’ve never had a problem with United, they’re good people. Fly United, not US Airways. It’s not worth it!
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