Violinists Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall, from the string trio Time for Three have today released a fly-on-the-wall YouTube video – after being stopped on the tarmac of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, by ill-informed US Airways crew members - claiming their violins were impermissible within the cabin.
En route to the Artosphere Arts and Nature Festival in Arkansas, the Captain asked both men to exit the plane and wait on the tarmac, so the frustrated musicians took to twitter and their phones:
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TIME FOR THREE | VIOLINISTS DENIED US AIRWAYS FLIGHT
“We were stopped as we entered the plane by the captain and his stewards. They told us that no musical instruments were allowed on the plane,” Zach de Pue, who also serves as Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has told The Violin Channel.
After presenting the The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act of 2012, and generating a storm of fury on social media, the musicians were permitted to board a later flight with their instruments - in exchange for the check-in of extra cabin luggage.
"Bach would be very upset," Nick Kendall has said.
The Violin Channel has reached out to US Airways - and at this stage, is still awaiting comment.
The impromptu video has had more than 125,000 views within it's first 24 hours of upload.