If you’re an orchestra musician, the anxiety attached to flying with your instrument is all too familiar. Will they let you one with your instrument or not? Career roulette is fun! #not
If you’re an arts manager, you know the pain of that 11th hour call from your guest artist telling you the airline wouldn’t them on the plane without checking their instrument, so they won’t be there. #NowWhat?
There are no shortages of heart breaking anecdotes from musicians. As airlines cracked down on instruments as carry-on luggage little more each year, they had to stand by and watch with nothing more than slack-jawed incredulity as a flood of flyers with pets newly coined as emotional support animals (ESA) were welcomed aboard.
“Three million cello you say? You even bought a full fare ticket for it? F**k you, because we’re throwing it in the cargo hold. If you don’t like it, we can always call security.”
“Hey, your 250lbs pig has a cute ESA vest, welcome aboard!”
As it turns out, airlines may be coming around. This article from the 1/30/2018 edition of foxnews.com reports that airlines are beginning to crack down on passengers with emotional support animals.
Of course, this might mean some musicians who found creative ways to use the ESA craze to their advantage may have to find a new angle, which brings us to today’s #TBT article: