Rachel Barton Pine, a famous violinist was stopped by an American Airlines pilot from bringing her 1742 violin from being brought onboard as a carry on.
The pilot said that the violin, insured for almost $20,000,000 was too big. When Pine mentioned that the FAA and American Airlines allow instruments like her violin on (first come first serve as long as they fit in the overhead bin or under a seat) he got nasty.
According to USA Today, the pilot told her “It’s not going on because I say so“. Pine was supposed to fly from Chicago to New Mexico where she was supposed to perform.
The crew said that Pine should check her violin. Instead, she decided not to board the plane! (Last year she had a similar situation take place with US Airways, and ended up spending a night at the airport in Phoenix.)
AA got her on another flight and said in a statement that it “has reached out to Ms. Barton directly to apologize for the inconvenience.”
Rachel Barton Pine has the violin, a Joseph Guarneri”del Gesu” thanks to “a lifetime loan from an anonymous patron“.
Do you think that the AA pilot was abusing his power in stopping the violin to be brought onboard as a carry on or was he just doing his job?
Find out more from USA Today here.