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TSA and instruments
Posted by Kelly Bennette on 7/7/2018, 8:11 pm
I had a bad experience with United Airlines and TSA at Houston Intercontinental a few days ago. As some of you know, professional caliber musical instruments are incredibly expensive. When flying out of DFW, I always request to be present during a TSA inspection of my tuba. They have always been very accommodating, however, this was not the case at IAH. I was refused to opportunity to be present during the inspection and when I got to Tucson, I noticed they had screwed up my 5th valve. Luckily I was able to fix it, but it could have been much worse. TSA agents have no clue how to properly handle an instrument and put it back in the case properly. The slide on my son's Shires trombone was put back in the case improperly. Luckily no damage incurred, but it could have. What must we do it make TSA allow us to be present during an inspection? To replace this instrument with one of similar quality would cost about $14,000 for a new one and about $6,000 for a used one. Has anyone else had issues with TSA and musical instruments?