Unfriendly skies for many a traveling musician

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  1. anabolism
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    I don't have any sympathy for these people. The DL cello guy was warned by DL that he wasn't allowed to earn miles for his cello, but kept on doing it. There was a thread on TOBB, and I think there was one here.
     
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    +1 for not sympathetic...although I do value wanting to protect expensive items...do they have travel insurance for expensive musical instruments?

    MP Thread - LINK
    FT Thread - LINK
     
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    Common sense would dictate that one have insurance for any valuable item, such as musical instruments. However, the people in the article seem more interested in whining about not being able to do what they want than they do in thinking through such things.
     
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    Heck, even with my iphone, which is not too difficult to replace, but enough it'd annoy me, I ensured my computer policy covered it if something were to happen.

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    Wow, pretty harsh comments! The musicians are in a bind: if they check, their instruments are likely to be damaged and insurance may not cover it. If they carry on they must buy an extra ticket and now put up with TSA agents who damage these extremely old and valuable instruments.

    The issue of earning miles on the instrument's tickets is separate. From what the article said, some airlines are happy to do so, while others consider it fraud.
     
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    You do realize that these instruments are valued at (and would sell for)
    more than your house? As far as earning miles goes, as I said on previous
    threads on this subject, Harrell's main mistake was flying Delta in the
    first place. And I have no patience with you who take the airline's side
    on this issue. First, Harrell says that he never received notification
    from the airline until recently. Second, the rule, if such a rule exists, is
    more likely honored in the breach. Third, it's a stupid rule, far stupider
    than rules potentially penalizing, oh, say, arriving at your gate less than
    20 minutes before scheduled departure.
     
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    That's false. He received notice over a decade ago, and kept doing it. Did you read either of the threads that rwoman linked to?

    Whether it's honored as intended, or honored in the breach, whether it's stupid or not, it's a rule. And if you break the rules, there should be consequences. Especially if get a warning from the airline.
     
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    I occasionally get up to pee before the light goes off. So?
    From www.lynnharrell.com:
     
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