The BBC reported in "Cabin Baggage Ban Hits Musicians" something the rest of us hadn't quickly realized. The terrorist plot to fling burning aircraft and dying people from the skies (in order to please their god) will result in disruption for everyone. It will particularly hit musicians and artists who need instruments that they care deeply about.
Russian musicians returning from London after the Bolshoi Theatre's season face an overland journey because of the new UK cabin baggage ban on planes.
They are under contract to keep their instruments with them and cannot check them in as hold baggage, chief conductor Alexander Vedernikov said.
They will probably have to travel by rail via Paris, he added.
It beats dying in flames but, for musicians, photographers, videographers and the like; this will be a difficult act. When I was hard at work in years past, my camera bag was never out of my sight. When boarding a plane I was ready with empty cameras that could be opened and clear, plastic bags for the film cans to be hand checked. Luckily, I am no longer working and can no longer fly. But what about the photographers who are? What about the violinist with their back-country fiddle from generations-past or the Stradivarius with a big insurance policy that would still not replace its' sound?
The terrorists may be widely hated and many people will support each other to help in travel. But will the sticky-fingered baggage people or the big-city airport mafias stop shopping the baggage carts? If your clothes are lost for a few days you can buy some T-shirts and jeans. If your four Nikons, twelve lenses and four flashes go missing (probably never to return) will you be able to rent quickly enough to splash your genius in the client's face? Will the symphony wait until you find a replacement cello, piccolo, bass, or kettle drum?
Julia Morneweg, a German freelance cellist, always booked an extra seat for the cello. Many musicians do. The BBC quoted her as relating,
"These restrictions are a disaster for me," she wrote in a posting on the BBC's Have Your Say, before flying to Zurich.
After her arrival in Switzerland, she recounted the ordeal of having to hand over the cello, valued at up to ÂŁ10,000 ($19,000) and not covered by her insurance if carried in the hold.