American Airlines pilot denies Rachel Barton Pine access to cabin with her violin – The Strad

Pine, who was the first passenger on board, quoted American Airlines policy, which states: ‘You can travel with small musical instruments as your carry-on item on a first come, first serve basis as long as it: fits in the overhead bin; or fits under the seat in front of you.’

But according to the violinist the captain replied, ‘It is not going on because I say so’.

A little dictator exercising his power. Sad.

This is especially problematic given the value of the instrument, and the fact that:

‘The Department of Transportation and the airlines have established important policies to protect musical instruments. However, those policies are meaningless if they are not enforced or if the airline staff and crews are not properly educated and trained,’ says Pine.

Or if they’re assholes…

Source: American Airlines pilot denies Rachel Barton Pine access to cabin with her violin – The Strad

18 thoughts on “American Airlines pilot denies Rachel Barton Pine access to cabin with her violin – The Strad

  1. Agree that it seems a bit arbitrary, but, the Captain is responsible for his ship. Period. What he says goes.

    • True. It’s also, I assume, a captain who ordered a passenger who had spoken Arabic on the phone to leave a plane recently because it “bothered” some other passengers. I think the concept of a captain having full rights over his or her ship works at sea, but in the air, where he is in constant contact with air traffic controllers – except in dire emergencies – it might need updating.

  2. Agree that it seems a bit arbitrary, but, the Captain is responsible for his ship. Period. What he says goes.

    • True. It’s also, I assume, a captain who ordered a passenger who had spoken Arabic on the phone to leave a plane recently because it “bothered” some other passengers. I think the concept of a captain having full rights over his or her ship works at sea, but in the air, where he is in constant contact with air traffic controllers – except in dire emergencies – it might need updating.

  3. The original article has comments suggesting the plane is quite small and carry on is linited.
    Seatguru seems to indicate that such items can be put directly in the hold at boarding, if need be stowed.
    So maybe this isn’t quite what it seems….

        • A violin case isn’t very large. I can’t imagine it wouldn’t fit in the carry on thing in a plane.

          • I hugely agree.
            And have solidarity in the absurdity of event.

            There’s very little humor or good will in the egos that occupy the terminals and airways of the u, s, of a….

  4. The original article has comments suggesting the plane is quite small and carry on is linited.
    Seatguru seems to indicate that such items can be put directly in the hold at boarding, if need be stowed.
    So maybe this isn’t quite what it seems….

        • A violin case isn’t very large. I can’t imagine it wouldn’t fit in the carry on thing in a plane.

          • I hugely agree.
            And have solidarity in the absurdity of event.

            There’s very little humor or good will in the egos that occupy the terminals and airways of the u, s, of a….

  5. Btw – kirk – you really must tweak the reply settings. Your reply and my last are unreadable single letters on the right of my iphone5s. Held in portrait mode.
    I insist, for me. 😉

    It does not have to be that way.

    • I know, it’s a thing with my theme, and I haven’t been able to figure it out. I’ll have to check with my web designer (my son). Sorry.

  6. Btw – kirk – you really must tweak the reply settings. Your reply and my last are unreadable single letters on the right of my iphone5s. Held in portrait mode.
    I insist, for me. 😉

    It does not have to be that way.

    • I know, it’s a thing with my theme, and I haven’t been able to figure it out. I’ll have to check with my web designer (my son). Sorry.

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