Jennifer Loux has posted a really helpful guide to what every string player needs to know and do before flying with an instrument.
The guide is very clear, very long and, ultimately, very depressing that we need to go through these time-consuming contortions and bureaucratic manoeuvres before we can consider carrying a violin, viola or cello bow into or out of the USA.
And even that may not be enough. Last week, players in the Budapest Festival Orchestra did everything right and seven of them still got their bows seized by US Customs and held for three days.
How the hell has it come to this?