This video will make any guitar player cringe. Musician Dave Snyder was recently forced by airline employees to check in his 1965 Gibson ES-335 on a Delta flight from Buffalo to Detroit. Predictably, the case was shredded when it got jammed in a baggage elevator, causing $2,000 in damage to the vintage instrument.
Hopefully, incidents like this will soon be a thing of the past. As reported in a blog post at The Future of Music coalition, the Federal Aviation Administration is now drafting rules that will allow musicians to carry their instruments on board rather than entrust them to the less-than-cautious hands of airline baggage handlers.