Priceless Violin Booted From Flight


(KOB) World-famous, chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine almost had to cancel a series of concerts in Albuquerque, New Mexico this weekend when she says an American Airlines captain turned her and her 274-year-old, multimillion dollar violin away at her Chicago gate, which she says was in violation of the law.

She calls the violin made in 1742 her “voice” and says it’s easily worth eight figures.

So it’s understandable she doesn’t let it leave her side and certainly never checks it with the luggage that gets thrown into the cargo hold.

“It’s not that any violinist is choosing not to check their violin, it’s that these are so delicate and breakable that if you check your violin, it will get broken,” Pine said. “There’s no maybe it will get broken. It definitely will get broken.”

As she boarded a flight from Chicago headed to Albuquerque Wednesday, she says she was stopped because the crew believed the violin in its case wouldn’t fit overhead.

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