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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Travel restrictions

It has been 4 years since I brought my skates on board with me when I fly. And I thought it was bad for us skaters...

Until today, when I read an article in the New York Times about the problem orchestras face:

The violin virtuoso and conductor Pinchas Zukerman said security officials had even asked him to remove the strings of his 1742 Guarneri del G├Ęsu. "I've had unbelievable discussions at certain airports," he said by telephone while waiting at the Atlanta airport for a flight with his wife, the cellist Amanda Forsyth. "They want to stick their hands in my instruments, and they say, 'It's my job.'"

[Quoted from "Tighter Security Is Jeopardizing Orchestra Tours" in The New York Times]

I can't imagine security asking me to remove my blades... though they're welcome to stick their hands in my boot if they like!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh my... Using figure skates is still imaginable, with a little bit of fantasy. But with violin strings?

if they think strings can be used to strangle the poor flight damsels, then maybe they should order also to remove their belts, ear rings, confiscate pens and pencils and sharp writing materials, glasses with metal frames, long pants, long scarfs etc.