Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Tightened Security Costing Musicians

The recent increase in airport security and restriction of carry-on items due to the foiled UK terror plot is wreaking havoc on the travel schedule of professional musicians: they aren't being permitted to bring their precious violins and such on board the aircraft and must check them in the cargo hold.

Read the whole article at the BBC.


~nb

2 comments:

Charles in CA said...

Yeah, I read this yesterday via Yahoo. Not good, not good. I'm having to rethink some of my future traveling plans because of this nonsense. Like Zuckerman's going to garrot a flight attendant with the G-string of his Guarneri zillion dollar axe.

lyn f. said...

I heard about this pretty much from the moment the terror plot was uncovered. (The BBC had printed a similar story back then.) There were members of the Russian Orchestra who had checked their violins/viola, etc. in the hold, and when the conductor had noticed these instruments being checked in, he made a bit of a stink (and rightly so), stating these musicians were violating their contracts by not travelling with their instruments in their physical possession.

I think this is a bad sign, indeed. Shows a total lack of respect for musicians and their instruments.