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A-holish TSA Employee Breaks Cellist’s Bow

Home - by - February 12, 2013 - 21:00 America/New_York - 15 Comments

These uneducated Obama voters would take better care of a pair of Air Jordans.

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A rare Heinrich Knopf bow belonging to Alban Gerhardt was damaged by security officers as he entered the US. In what the cellist called an act of brutal and careless behavior, the bow stick (left) was snapped in two, over the bridge of the cello, by air security staff at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, as they examined the case’s contents.

According to Gerhardt, “The bow must have somehow moved halfway out of its cover (the tip was still in the cover), and when it was halfway out, [Transportation Security Administration workers] forced the case shut and the bow broke.” The incident occurred on 6 February, a day before Gerhardt was due to perform Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin.

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  1. Carlsonal

    February 12th, 2013

    Oafish goons. Last time I flew, I looked at the blueshirts, and I was not impressed.

    Also, bows for stringed instruments are quite valuable…

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  2. printboy

    February 12th, 2013

    oboy

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  3. Unruly Refugee

    February 12th, 2013

    I won’t fly commercial. I do not like being treated like a fckn criminal. Bastards!

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  4. New Mexico Gunman

    February 12th, 2013

    Geeze…

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  5. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 12th, 2013

    Whole E Schitt!!!! I’d have come back and beat the shit out of that guy with my cello.

    Oh yeah, I have a Pearl Flute (Japan) valued at $800 if anyone wants to buy it from me. lol.

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  6. StrangernFiction

    February 12th, 2013

    No need to qualify. TSA employee says it all.

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  7. norman einstein

    February 12th, 2013

    Sue the motherfuckers!

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  8. Bob M.

    February 12th, 2013

    So people are STILL flying… WHY?!?! :roll:

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  9. Hanoverfist

    February 12th, 2013

    Now,if it was a donut on a stick…..

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  10. Claudia

    February 12th, 2013

    Haven’t flown in 7 years. Will have to fly next month for work and not looking forward to it.

    I think I’ll go to Salvation Army and find an old bow and when they break it claim it cost $100,000! hehe

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  11. Unneutral

    February 12th, 2013

    Why do you think they are called TSA?

    It means; Tough Shit Asshole

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  12. Chieftain

    February 12th, 2013

    Think about how anyone who wears any kind of medical appliance from a colostomy bag to a feeding tube feels about flying when they read stories like this one.

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  13. Unruly Refugee

    February 12th, 2013

    I flew from Burbank to Seattle in the mid 70s with two guitars that I checked in with my luggage. When we landed and I retrieved my bags, the guitars never showed up on the carousel and I was starting to panic. Then the pilot came walking up with both guitars and asked me if they belonged to me. The nice gentleman had taken them into the cabin area so they wouldn’t be damaged by the cold in the luggage compartment.
    I also had a Buck 110 folding knife in my pocket and was never harassed about it.
    My how things have changed.

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  14. sTevo

    February 12th, 2013

    The bow is probably worth 5 years of that POS transportation workers salary.

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  15. scr_north

    February 12th, 2013

    I had a buddy years ago that played fiddle for the Toronto Symphoney Orchestra (he still does actually) and about 25 years ago he showed me the two bows he played with. One was $5,000 and the other was worth over $20,000 and he says that to a pro there really is a difference in the sound. I’ll bet those bows are worth a helluva lot more today. That TSA drone really is too stupid for words.

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