Mr. Cello Can See!

I am so humbled that the Wall Street Journal took interest in my Delta airline saga. Recently, one of their reporters, Scott McCartney, wrote an article about not only my ordeal but about how cellists and other musicians are having an increasingly difficult time at some airlines when flying with instruments.

As an added bonus to the article, they came up with the terrific idea of attaching a tiny video camera to my cello case in order to capture what Mr. Cello sees during a typical airport visit. In this instance, I was on my way to Boston to premier Augusta Read Thomas’ Cello Concerto No. 3 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  

Cello Cam

Although security restrictions prevented the camera from capturing anything past the security checkpoints, it did manage to get some good footage. Here’s the entire Wall Street Journal segment with some of the Cello Cam video:

You can also read Mr. McCartney’s excellent article at the paper’s website.

4 Responses to Mr. Cello Can See!

  1. Pat Daniels March 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    I am sorry to hear of Deltas treatment of you. I contacted them and expressed my feelings that stripping you of all Sky Miles was a shining example of poor customer service. They seem to have no concept that we have other airline choices. I do not fly as frequently as you, but Delta will be last on my list from now on. Pat

  2. Jim Fichtenbaum July 18, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Since junior high I knew you were in trouble. Here you were, a big guy, in Texas, who didn’t play football. That was un-American. I’m sure Herschel was embarrassed for you too.

    I can see it now:
    “Itzhak Schmitzak, no way way you can board this flight carrying that Strat-A-Various fiddle. You could be hiding something in it. And besides, any of those strings could be used as a garrote.” -Delta

    “Mr. V. Horowitz. Can’t let you on this airplane. The stuff you’re carrying that you call sheets of music looks like some kind of secret code. And besides, being from Russia…” -Delta

    Since you have gone this far, keep up the good work. Is Delta going to reimburse you for the miles they took away?

  3. Carlos Bas February 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm #


  4. Ramachandra Sekar April 4, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    I was really sad about this incident which was happened to Mr Lynn Harell.Iam also facing the similar problems being a cellist.In this situation Airlines in India whether private or government owned is much better for Musicians but not always.Sekar

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