Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014


I read this article about a eclectic violin-violin-bass trio, Time for Three, being refused to allow the double bass as luggage when taking US Airways. In fact, it was not the first time they have been refused to carry their musical instruments with them. Last time,  a captain of the same flight company didn’t allow them to carry their violins into the cabin, and this time, they refused to pack their double bass as luggage, which made those traveling musicians stunned.

According to the FAA regulations, “carriers shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin.” So at the first refusal, US airway actually violate the FAA rules. And there has been long accepted practice that double basses have to be packed to go in the luggage compartment, but US Airway this time refused bass as checked baggage even though the plane seemed to be large enough to accommodate the instrument. The US Airway owes explanations to those musicians.

I don’t know why staff (a captain and a shift manager) in US Airways made those decisions. Don’t airway companies always praise themselves as customer-centered? And what they could do to attract those musicians, most of whom prefer another company now?

The delay of arrival affects not only affects musicians’ career but also arts organizations who invited them to perform. If you work in the organization, what will you do if the artists trapped during the traveling?


About yaoge2016

Yaoge Wang is an emerging arts administrator dedicated to arts, culture, and nonprofit sector. With Accounting and Arts Management backgrounds and a special mix of “right brain/left brain” balance, she brings strong analytical skills and judgment as well as creativity to complex problems. She has extensive professional experience in the U.S. and China. She hopes to apply this international perspective to make the arts more visible to the public.


  1. Peter Alexander
    November 19, 2014

    Thank you for your comment. You are correct—the previous incident was referenced in the full article. I do not know why this would happen, although the airlines generally maintain that the airplane is under the command of the captain, who has the final say on all matters. And I should add that US Airways has apologized for the latest incident and says that they intend to clarify their policies. (That is covered in the updates to the original article.)

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