British Airways flies into instrument troublemain
Flying BA from Amsterdam to London for a Wigmore Hall concert last Saturday, the violinist Cecilia Bernardini was made to remove her 18th century Italian violin from its case and hold it on her lap throughout the flight.
The case, containing three valuable bows, was checked into the hold.
BA are generally good with musicians and this may have been an Amsterdam aberration. To avoid a recurrence, a petition has been launched to persuade BA to clarify their rules and oblige staff to treat violins with respect.
Read it and sign here.