Violinists protest after being told they'd have to check instruments

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Violinists Protest After Being Told They'd Have To Check Instruments

It definitely wasn't the world's smallest violin, and that might have been part of the problem. CBS reports, "Classic violinists staged a protest that some might find, well classic. US Airways told them they had to check their violins in baggage; they refused."
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Violinists protest after being told they'd have to check instruments

The two musicians are part of the group Time for Three and were flying to a concert, but WTHR says the violins weren't allowed on the flight. The musicians say they were told the violins posed a safety concern.

The two artists decided to take matters into their own hands, playing Bach on the tarmac. They urged viewers to "fight this."

"Bach would be very upset."
"How many artists have to deal with this s --- "

US Airways' Facebook page was filled with comments about the debacle. Including one from a professional musician who vowed to stop flying with the airline. Others were more blunt.

Many are pointing to Federal Aviation Administration regulations that allow for instruments on planes. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act requires, "an air carrier to permit an air passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument on a passenger aircraft without charge if it can be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft or under a passenger seat."

The airline did eventually rebook the musicians' flight after reaching out to the duo on Twitter.

Time For Three made it to its destination in Arkansas and is set to perform May 31.
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