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Great news: Airline relents on musician’s mercy flight to dying African kids

We reported yesterday that Swiss Air were imposing prohibitive baggage charges that threatened to stop viola player Jo Watts from taking donated instruments to children who were dying of cancer. This morning, after an international outcry, everything changed.

Here’s what we’ve just heard from Jo:

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‘Felix Rodel, the UK Director of Swiss Air called me and told me that not only are they going to charge me only £115 in total for the excess, but I can now take 3 suitcases, not just the 2! I of course burst into tears and have only just stopped crying. What a triumph! I mean really a huge triumph. I have the powers of the people to thank. I can now take even more instruments and goodies for the children. I am ecstatic! Thank you Norman for all your support! Power to the people I say!’

Jo’s partner Chris Fish, adds: ‘This extra suitcase means she can take ALL the things donated and not leave any behind.’

Thank you, Slipped Disc readers, for all your support. We have asked Jo to send us a report on her work with the children.

I went to see Traviata at ENO last night. Jo was playing in the pit. Just another day in a musician’s life.

 

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Comments

  1. Rather a pity that SwissAir didn’t say “£115 means nothing to us in the grand scheme of things, so please bring all the suitcases and we’ll throw in the ticket as our contribution to such an estimable cause”.

  2. Tor Frømyhr says:

    I am sure a first class passenger on Swiss Air can take 3 suitcases. This airline should be treating Jo as a VIP and at least have donated the full baggage allowance if not the flight ticket. After the negative publicity, they would have received an equal amount of very good publicity. As it is now, I expect most people are simply annoyed with them that it took people power to get them to make a very small concession.

  3. This brought a little tear to my eye. I love the power of the internet.

  4. Richard Hallam says:

    Hear, hear to all the above!

  5. Yes hear hear! Still smiling and I don’t think I’ll stop for some time!

  6. I guess one must allow Swiss Air the very human need to save face by demanding some money. After this incident I suspect that sympathizers will be sending Jo much more that 115 pounds.

  7. Right on Martin. Were I Swiss Air’s H.O. P.R. I would gave grabbed the chance for positive publicity & thrown in free baggage plus free tickets. What’s the matter with them. Such a gesture is worth great publicity./

  8. I’m glad to see that people still care about charity work and that Swiss Air listened and supports her movement now. This is great.

  9. Gary Brain says “Were I Swiss Air’s H.O. P.R. I would gave grabbed the chance for positive publicity & thrown in free baggage plus free tickets. What’s the matter with them. Such a gesture is worth great publicity./”

    The large corporation does not see individuals as anything more than an occupied seat. No PR + or- involved. Their thought is, not enough seats means some individual will take that space on their terms. I’ve often wondered what the true cost is to move that seat from point A to point B and when you see the huge discrepancy in pricing- that is probably a clue. We see it as a humanitarian gesture, but perhaps that’s not the perspective that is required.

    After all, it took an international outcry to get those packages on the flight and 115£. What is that?

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