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The most important thing is music

I was waiting at a gate to board a plane yesterday. There were older people, people with infants, people with toddlers, people with high-status airline loyalty cards.

The first boarding announcement invited everyone with a musical instrument to come forward to be boarded first.


Mar. 17th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
It's worth noting that some instruments actually require a separate seat ticket all of their own -- double-bass, sousaphone, and similar spring to mind, because they're too delicate to entrust to the baggage handlers in the hold and too bulky for the overhead luggage bins.

Getting a double-bass into an airliner seat and strapped down safely is probably a challenge at least as severe as getting a fractious toddler sorted out, but the musician can be expected to do it fairly rapidly and competently. So, best to get it out of the way before anything else, especially if there's an orchestra coming aboard.
Mar. 17th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
All of these were small enough to fit into an overhead locker, at least the ones which came through the gate we were going through. They were on a scale of violas and tenor saxes at most.

I can imagine it must be challenging to travel with a double-bass! I'm always impressed when I see them being carted around on the Underground.