Message from Steven Honigberg of the National Symphony Orchestra:
Nightmare at O’Hare airport with my cello. Security refused to pass the cello through the X-ray machine because it didn’t fit into one of their new “high tech” plastic bins, although there was more than enough room on the rollers.
Ten minutes of arguing got me nowhere and my blood pressure up, not to mention making people around me feel uncomfortable. I ended up passing my 1796 Storioni cello over my shoulders to other security personnel – the cello being out of sight – for ten minutes, while I had to deal with my own security lane. Shame on you O’hare airport whose security personnel disparaged me into feeling noxious.