Top cellist Steven Isserlis prevented from boarding flight with cello

13 July 2017, 13:19

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By Amy MacKenzie

A nightmare mix-up at the check-in desk meant that Steven Isserlis (and his cello) completely missed his flight – the last one that day…

Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights:

Isserlis shared the whole nightmare story on his Facebook page, from the first heart-sinking moments of doubt "Have you paid for the cello seat?" to the dash across Heathrow to catch an alternative flight to a different city entirely. 

Here's the story in all its painful detail

After all that, poor Isserlis missed the final flights to both Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Thankfully, he made it there (hopefully in time for his rehearsal) this morning, however he still doesn't seem to be having much luck:

We hope your day improves Steven!

If you're planning on travelling with your instrument sometime soon, be sure to read our tips for taking musical instruments on planes.

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