Posted by Gary Swart on March 27, 2001 at 14:58:23:
A friend's daughter and her HS band just returned to Washington State from Disneyland. There were several instruments badly damaged by the airline, and the director observed some of the damage being done. For example, a bari sax case opened when the handlers dropped it and the sax fell out. The handlers just shoved it back in and slammed the case shut. My friend's daughter's French horn bell was creased. I have heard other stories of damaged instruments by airlines, but since we always hear about the bad things that happen and never the good, I thought I'd do a little informal poll to see what experiences others have had. Please give me good as well as bad. Thanks.