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TSA Confiscates McBride’s Bow


TSA Confiscates McBride’s Bow

In June, Local 802 (New York City) member Christian McBride arrived in Saskatoon, Canada, for a concert only to discover that his bow was missing from his case. “Now that it’s confirmed, I can tell you that good ol’ TSA confiscated (aka STOLE) my brand new bow right out of my hard case yesterday,” McBride said in a June 23 Facebook post. “I arrived in Saskatoon only to find the bow missing inside the case to my Lemur Travel Bass. Maybe they thought it was a weapon (idiotic), or they were looking for ivory, of which there wasn’t any. I will get to the bottom of this.”

In May, fellow Local 802 member and bassist John Patitucci’s instrument was damaged after being selected for inspection by airport security. Though TSA’s own guidelines state that “owners should be present when an instrument is removed from its case for screening,” according to an article on The Jazz Line website, Patitucci was not given that option. The instrument’s hard travel case was not damaged, suggesting the instrument must have been removed from the case and mishandled.

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