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Old 05-27-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Time For Three, a classically-trained string trio, was desperately trying to make it to a festival gig in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but one thing stood in their way: the pilot of their US Airways flight. What followed was perhaps the most beautiful form of complaint to an airline I have ever heard.P

Most airline complaints involve hours spent on hold with customer service, or talking to a report, or sending increasingly mean tweets to an airlines Twitter account whereby they ignore you anyways. But that wasn't the case when the pilot wouldn't allow violinist Zach de Pue onboard if he wanted to bring his instrument.

Disallowed Airplane Violin Leads To Funny Passive-Agressive Protest
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:25 AM
 
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Maybe they should tell the entire story. That is a regional jet--and a small one. There is no overheald space large enough to accomodate a musical instrument (there typically are no bins on one side and small, shallow ones that can accomodate items such as a folded coat, a hat--my briefcase will not fit in one) and the instrument would not fit under the seat without protruding--which the FAA will not allow for safety reasons. They were most likely accomodated on a different style of aircraft with more overhead space later.

You can't fit a square peg into a round hole regardless of what the law states.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Did you see the pile of stuff they were trying to carry on?!!? A suitcase, a backpack (that contained the violin) and what I think was a skateboard.

My guess is the real story is they didn't want to pay the check luggage fees for the extra stuff. The airline staff did their jobs and said you have more than we can allow in carry on for a full flight.

While I get Annerk's point, I don't think this plane is that small. IF they were only bringing the backpack with the violin with them, I don't think it would have been a problem.

However, I'll give the musician's credit for their creativity in getting some free PR. They lose points for filming vertically.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Did you see the pile of stuff they were trying to carry on?!!? A suitcase, a backpack (that contained the violin) and what I think was a skateboard.

My guess is the real story is they didn't want to pay the check luggage fees for the extra stuff. The airline staff did their jobs and said you have more than we can allow in carry on for a full flight.

While I get Annerk's point, I don't think this plane is that small. IF they were only bringing the backpack with the violin with them, I don't think it would have been a problem.

However, I'll give the musician's credit for their creativity in getting some free PR. They lose points for filming vertically.

The plane is that small. There's no room in the overhead bin. No one is against art, that's just what happens when you fly on a small RJ.

You fly on the ERJ and your carry-ons are taken before you board. That's just how it goes.

This video is not funny, these people are annoying. Standing outside playing their stupid instruments when everyone else is on the plane waiting.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:49 AM
 
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^^^^ I have to agree. I'd call this histrionics.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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Did you see the pile of stuff they were trying to carry on?!!? A suitcase, a backpack (that contained the violin) and what I think was a skateboard.

My guess is the real story is they didn't want to pay the check luggage fees for the extra stuff. The airline staff did their jobs and said you have more than we can allow in carry on for a full flight.

While I get Annerk's point, I don't think this plane is that small. IF they were only bringing the backpack with the violin with them, I don't think it would have been a problem.

However, I'll give the musician's credit for their creativity in getting some free PR. They lose points for filming vertically.
You might not think as much as you want. The FACT is that yes, the overhead space IS that small. I've flown on no fewer than 30 of these planes in the past year, and my small roll aboard is always left at the end of the jetway or on the tarmac, and my breifcase barely fits under the seat in front of me. If I'm upgraded to 1A and can't catch it fast enough to change, I have no seat in front of me for storage and my breifcase won't fit into the overhead. I've taken to bringing a nylon drawstring bag along to put my iPad, GPS, wallet, etc. into so I can leave the breifcase to be loaded into baggage as well.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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Those planes are tiny.

They shoudl do what MOST PROFESSIONAL musiciand do - buy a ticket for their instrument so they can put it in a seat.
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