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Saturday 16 December 2017

Airline changes its tune after banning and then allowing cello

John Kaboff said he was removed from his flight after the crew said his cello touched the floor and could not be strapped into the extra seat he had for it
John Kaboff said he was removed from his flight after the crew said his cello touched the floor and could not be strapped into the extra seat he had for it

A musician was reportedly booted off an American Airlines flight after the crew said his cello posed a safety risk.

John Kaboff said he was removed from his flight from Reagan National Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport after the crew said his cello touched the floor and could not be strapped into the extra seat he had for it.

He said he asked for a seatbelt extension to better cradle the 100,000 US dollar (£80,000) cello, but was denied.

The 46-year-old, from Vienna, Virginia, said ground personnel acknowledged the error and booked him on the next American Airlines flight to Chicago.

The reports said American Airlines apologised to Mr Kaboff for "the inconvenience" that he experienced.

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