In her other guise as Marcia Adair, journalist, Miss Mussel is writing and article for an aviation security magazine about musical instruments that is meant to act as a primer for security screeners at airports. As such, she needs to explain why musicians get so touchy about their instruments and what they find frustrating about going through security.
So, dear reader, it’s over to you. Please leave your thoughts/anecdotes/tirades in the comments. Some of these will make it into the final story and you will be contacted to confirm details so please do not use friend of a friend episodes. The incidents must have happened to you and you must be able to tell me when, which airline etc Ideally, these should have happened in the last 5 years or so.
If you don’t have a horror story but would like to give a tour of things found in your instrument case that may be confusing for security people (oils, reeds, grease, rosin, end pins etc) please do so. Details including what the items are used for, what they usually look like and what they are made of would be useful.
Double reed people: Do you put all your knives and other scary bits of kit in cargo? What happens if you forget to transfer some of the more menacing bits?
Finally – if you have any examples of good security experiences, I’d like to hear those as well.
Ok -over to you!