I know that the Dao dragging incident has emboldened many to come forward with stories of dubious veracity. Yet there is something about a new “United violin incident” that seems so outlandish that I have trouble believing it was made up.
Yennifer Correia, a professional violinist, was on her way to a concert in Missouri. At Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, she was stopped upon boarding her flight and told the violin would need to be checked. A supervisor claimed there were no alternate options and allegedly became rude. Correia asked for her name. That’s when our story takes an unexpected twist.
According to her legal complaint (yup), this is what happened next–
Without provocation, the supervisor for the Chicago-based carrier then lunged for Ms. Correia’s case and, incredibly, tried to wrestle it away from the musician. Ms. Correia screamed for help. The United supervisor threatened to “call security” and Ms. Correia responded, “Please do!” at which point the United superior ran away.
I don’t know. It makes me think of Ethel’s testimony in court…
Here’s a look at the legal complaint, posted on her Facebook page:
No word on what happened after the supervisor ran away, which makes me question the whole story. Still, I must admit I can see this happening. I’ve seen some nasty agents in IAH…
The complaint does state she missed her flight, but does not explain why.
Depending on their size, musical instruments can be carried on board, handled as checked baggage, or carried as cabin-seat baggage.
In the case of customers who purchased a Basic Economy ticket, a small musical instrument may be carried on instead of a small personal item, subject to the same conditions below. A larger musical instrument that does not fit in the overhead bin and is brought to the gate will be checked to your final destination and subject to the applicable checked baggage fees plus a $25 gate handling charge.
As part of the allowance of one carry-on bag plus one personal item, a passenger may carry a violin, guitar or other small musical instrument onboard the aircraft if:
- The instrument can be stowed in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of the passenger; and
- There is space for stowage at the time when the passenger boards the aircraft
Musical instruments transported onboard United and United Express aircraft must be in hard-shell cases.
Apparently, Ms. Correia was on an economy basic fare…
File this under suspect, but developing.