US Airways refuse to carry double-bass

US Airways refuse to carry double-bass


norman lebrecht

November 18, 2014

After appearing on Dancing with the Stars, all Time for Three wanted to do was get home.

No, said US Air. We won’t take the bull-fiddle.

Outcome? In the end, the boys flew Delta.

Mind you, if you let them aboard, they’re likely to start playing. And that, as the pilot likes to say, ‘could interfere with the instruments’.

time for three


  • NYMike says:

    It appears that Zach DePue’s playing on the guitar Strad once owned by Joshua Bell and Timothy Baker.

  • G says:

    That’s a major drag for the good guys in TF3, but US Airways policies clearly state that double basses (and cellos) will not be accepted in the cargo hold. They must go in the cabin, as “seat baggage,” with a purchased passenger seat (has to be a window, non-exit row) and the human needs to sit next to it. “The More You Know . . . ™”

  • j says:

    why can’t people just abide by policy. If it is against policy…then so be it

  • Richard Dubugnon says:

    … since 9/11 some airlines have become completely paranoid … I bought an extra seat once on Easyjet to carry my half-size double bass from London to Inverness (!) and was forced by a stupid orange hen-looking stewardess to take it down into the hull, because it represented a “security hazard”. Needless to say that they didn’t reimburse my extra-seat !

  • Yet Another says:

    This group has a flair for airline-related self promotion, that’s for sure.