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(ArtsJournal)   TSA wrecks concert cellist's instrument and bow by slamming the case lid down in order to close it. TSA employee's excuse: "I thought there's always room for cello"   (artsjournal.com) divider line 199
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2013-02-24 04:04:53 PM
I'm sure that struck a sour note.
 
2013-02-24 07:48:32 PM
Eventually, insurance companies are going to get tired of covering the TSA's expensive fark ups, and maybe we will see some change with these morons. It sucks, but considering that the insurance bastards own this country, affecting their bottom line seems to be the only way.
 
2013-02-24 08:57:19 PM
yawn. musician problems.
 
2013-02-24 08:57:23 PM
You hire goons ... you have to expect them to behave like goons.
 
2013-02-24 08:57:39 PM
At this point, UPS seems a much safer route for almost any sort of cargo.  I don't know who's worse, the mob-affiliated baggage handlers or the TSA.
 
2013-02-24 08:57:54 PM
R.I.P. Cee Lo
 
2013-02-24 08:58:47 PM
Because so many terrorists have hidden bombs inside valuable musical instruments.
 
2013-02-24 08:58:55 PM
boo hoo, i'm playing the world's smallest violin...
 
2013-02-24 08:58:57 PM
If I was a musician, I'd be terrified to take an expensive instrument on a plane.
 
2013-02-24 08:59:13 PM
During the 30 seconds of orchestra tutti I put my bow down, signaled the conductor to keep on going, walked over to the assistant principal cellist and silently asked for her bow. I will never forget the expression in her face - she must have thought I had gone mad! I finished the concerto on her bow wondering what I had done to deserve such challenges. Oh, I have never had emotional attachment to things, and as a father I know the only really tragic loss, the loss of your child, but to make music I do depend on good equipment.

What kind of dildo doesn't have a backup bow?
 
2013-02-24 08:59:19 PM
Barbarians the lot of them.
 
2013-02-24 08:59:55 PM
Ban the TSA. There's no reason for them and there never was.
 
2013-02-24 09:00:28 PM

Vodka Zombie: Eventually, insurance companies are going to get tired of covering the TSA's expensive fark ups, and maybe we will see some change with these morons will change their policies to exclude TSA damage, neatly passing the buck to the consumer without affecting the status quo.


FTFY.
 
2013-02-24 09:01:27 PM
Cretinous swine.
 
2013-02-24 09:01:34 PM
Surely the solution is to require a bachelor's degree for TSA agents.

State_College_Arsonist: At this point, UPS seems a much safer route for almost any sort of cargo.


Meh. Maybe if you stay within a country. When you hit customs that's a whole new level of scum. I'd try a freight forwarder, someone who will put the cello in the luggage compartment of a bus or train, for example. You bypass the warehousing and handling that way.
 
2013-02-24 09:02:30 PM
I get it, but this guy seems like he deserves a little inconvenience every once in a while. Seems a little short in the karma department.
 
2013-02-24 09:02:57 PM
To all the tsa haters, at least you can enjoy the schadenfreude of the furlough. I will at least be losing one day of work, possibly more...
 
2013-02-24 09:03:38 PM
Ouch! csb...My friend is a cello professor and a professional performer. The cello he uses when he performs is worth $300k. He doesn't own it - his school pays for him to rent it. When he travels, the cello gets it's own seat. With an instrument that valuable, it makes sense.
 
2013-02-24 09:04:00 PM
slamming down the case lid

UPDATE [Stupid_shiat] SET lid=50

F5

fark I FORGOT THE WHERE CLAUSE!!
 
2013-02-24 09:04:00 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: During the 30 seconds of orchestra tutti I put my bow down, signaled the conductor to keep on going, walked over to the assistant principal cellist and silently asked for her bow. I will never forget the expression in her face - she must have thought I had gone mad! I finished the concerto on her bow wondering what I had done to deserve such challenges. Oh, I have never had emotional attachment to things, and as a father I know the only really tragic loss, the loss of your child, but to make music I do depend on good equipment.

What kind of dildo doesn't have a backup bow?


Well, when they're $20k each, you probably don't have a horde of them laying around.  According to the article, he had two, but one was in the shop being repaired due to an unrelated incident.  This is the bow that was repaired but broke again during the concert.  The TSA broke what would have been his backup bow, so he had to borrow one during the performance.

Having only two $20k bows seems pretty reasonable if you ask me.
 
2013-02-24 09:04:27 PM
It's amazing how rare a decent human being is these days. Certainly the TSA cannot find one.
 
2013-02-24 09:05:06 PM

FunkOut: If I was a musician, I'd be terrified to take an expensive instrument on a plane.


That's the thing - many professional musicians buy a seat for their instrument and carry it on.  The cabin is better for the instrument (better climate control) and you don't entrust a $30,000 instrument to some guy making $10/hr who doesn't give a shiat.

If this guy was still checking his instrument - yeah, in an ideal world, you SHOULD be able to trust the airline, but this isn't an an ideal world - then he wasn't being as safe as he could.
 
2013-02-24 09:05:18 PM
I try to make a point of giving the TSA as hard a time as possible, i always opt out and make them pat me down

//on the fat side of heavy
//always eat beans before air travel
//make slightly sugestive comments as i get patted down.

I once saw a man do the same but he was wearing a kilt at JWA i wish i had come up with that.
 
2013-02-24 09:05:20 PM
I thought smashing instruments was the airlines job.
 
2013-02-24 09:06:07 PM
You don't have to worry about the TSA if you don't have an orifice or property to be searched.  Having an orifice on your person or you have private property is implicit permission to be searched by the government.

America, love it or leave it.

Obama 2016.
 
2013-02-24 09:06:18 PM
If I didn't live here, I don't think I'd come here.
 
2013-02-24 09:06:27 PM
FTFA: In 23 years of travel, neither my cello nor my bows have been harmed by the case being thrown around by baggage handlers. What happened here is that people felt the need to open the case and close it with brutal force.

why was it opened in the first place?
 
2013-02-24 09:06:36 PM
Ah, the TSA. The retarded, crippled kid in the wheelchair that has to wear the helmet to protect his soft spot when the Department of Homeland Security has it's family reunions.
 
2013-02-24 09:07:04 PM
This is why I'll only play the female organ.
 
2013-02-24 09:07:14 PM

Duke_leto_Atredes: I try to make a point of giving the TSA as hard a time as possible, i always opt out and make them pat me down


That sounds more like a fetish, and less like giving them a hard time. >_>
 
Oak
2013-02-24 09:07:36 PM

ajgeek: Ban the TSA. There's no reason for them and there never was.


There's a reason for them: Democrats.
 
2013-02-24 09:08:21 PM

Vodka Zombie: Eventually, insurance companies are going to get tired of covering the TSA's expensive fark ups, and maybe we will see some change with these morons. It sucks, but considering that the insurance bastards own this country, affecting their bottom line seems to be the only way.


I would have thought that TSA damage as already excluded, just like your car insurance won't pay out if a cop drives his car into your house or daughter.
 
2013-02-24 09:08:26 PM
i.imgur.com
"One never implies ownership in the event of a cello...always A cello, never...YOUR cello."
 
2013-02-24 09:08:34 PM

DemonEater: FunkOut: If I was a musician, I'd be terrified to take an expensive instrument on a plane.

That's the thing - many professional musicians buy a seat for their instrument and carry it on.  The cabin is better for the instrument (better climate control) and you don't entrust a $30,000 instrument to some guy making $10/hr who doesn't give a shiat.

If this guy was still checking his instrument - yeah, in an ideal world, you SHOULD be able to trust the airline, but this isn't an an ideal world - then he wasn't being as safe as he could.


I read the comments under the article and apparently sometimes musicians who buy their instrument a seat have it bumped into cargo anyway against their will. What an industry, you pay them good money for something and they still do whatever they want.
 
2013-02-24 09:08:35 PM

GizmoToy: Having only two $20k bows seems pretty reasonable if you ask me.


Not really considering how ridiculously insane musicians are and the salary that people at his level make.
 
2013-02-24 09:09:43 PM

BronyMedic: Duke_leto_Atredes: I try to make a point of giving the TSA as hard a time as possible, i always opt out and make them pat me down

That sounds more like a fetish, and less like giving them a hard time. >_>


WELLLL
 
2013-02-24 09:10:24 PM

Oak: ajgeek: Ban the TSA. There's no reason for them and there never was.

There's a reason for them: Democrats.


Those Bush Democrats were the worst!
 
2013-02-24 09:14:09 PM
No wonder the intercity bus companies are having a huge boom in the states. I'm living oversees so I have to fly and put up with the TSA. I'd be driving, taking the bus, train, horseback, skateboard, mule - anything to avoid these guys.
 
2013-02-24 09:14:37 PM
The agent's name was Oranjello
 
2013-02-24 09:16:45 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: During the 30 seconds of orchestra tutti I put my bow down, signaled the conductor to keep on going, walked over to the assistant principal cellist and silently asked for her bow. I will never forget the expression in her face - she must have thought I had gone mad! I finished the concerto on her bow wondering what I had done to deserve such challenges. Oh, I have never had emotional attachment to things, and as a father I know the only really tragic loss, the loss of your child, but to make music I do depend on good equipment.

What kind of dildo doesn't have a backup bow?


Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a cello... always use the indefinite article a cello, never your cello.
 
2013-02-24 09:18:50 PM

Duke_leto_Atredes: I try to make a point of giving the TSA as hard a time as possible, i always opt out and make them pat me down

//on the fat side of heavy
//always eat beans before air travel
//make slightly sugestive comments as i get patted down.

I once saw a man do the same but he was wearing a kilt at JWA i wish i had come up with that.


Do you know you spell your name wrong? Caladan too. But you spelled Harkonnen right.

Just wondered.
 
2013-02-24 09:19:53 PM
When I was in high school, my orchestra class went overseas for spring break. We did check our instruments, and the airline gave them special handling, if I remember correctly. And I don't think there were any major issues with it. (My cello had no problems flying there and back.)

But that was (less than a year) before 9/11 and the TSA and the clusterfark air travel has become. I would not want to be flying with an instrument now.

/Possibly not even a kazoo.
//Depending on what those look like in a baggage scanner.
 
2013-02-24 09:20:04 PM

starlost: yawn. musician problems.


Wait until one of them manages to drop your laptop.

Bottom line is that if they put their hands on your valuables they should be bonded for the value of what it is they touch.

But let's see if that ever happens.
 
2013-02-24 09:20:57 PM

Jaws_Victim: To all the tsa haters, at least you can enjoy the schadenfreude of the furlough. I will at least be losing one day of work, possibly more...


It's a start.
 
2013-02-24 09:21:07 PM

starlost: yawn. musician problems.


Don't you like music?
 
2013-02-24 09:22:15 PM
"Haw, breakz0r UR sh*t, haw, cause security!"  If your mouth tastes like dick, maybe it's time to fire the people that stick them in your face.
 
2013-02-24 09:22:37 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: What kind of dildo doesn't have a backup bow?


GizmoToy: Well, when they're $20k each, you probably don't have a horde of them laying around.


wow.zamimg.com
 
2013-02-24 09:23:58 PM
Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-02-24 09:25:47 PM

ultraholland: Thanks, Obama.


- 284658726189358917329572945768264856286457862874  Seriously.  Clapped out beyond belief.
 
2013-02-24 09:25:53 PM
I like how part of his story about repairing the damaged bow was taking it to a guy that was fixing another one of his bows he'd broken through its regular use, its like they're fragile or something.
 
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