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Just in: Airport won’t let champion quartet take their trophy on board

The Schumann Quartet won the prestigious Bordeaux Competition yesterday. This morning, airport security told them they could not take the small trophy on board. After much deliberation, they were allowed to pay 70 Euros for the dubious privilege of putting it in the hold.

Any prestige the competition might have brought to Bordeaux has just gone down the drain.

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  1. Why does this reflect poorly on Bordeaux? It was almost certainly the airline itself that made a fuss, possibly not even the airport’s own security. And if the airport has such policies, are they not most likely decreed at the federal level? Generally nuisances like this are not the fault of a city, and certainly not of its arts organizations.

  2. No just French.

    Beautiful Country just a problem with the Fench people.

  3. William says:

    Oh, yeah Tim. You are right, security in airports is a french problem…

  4. An award is a special honor from a country, and if you have to pay to take it home, it does tend to diminish the honor. Or should I say cheapens or tarnishes it? Definitely shows a lack of sentimentality or class. However, this is not just a French practice. It’s a worldwide syndrome.

    • Michael Schaffer says:

      An award given by a small organization which hosts a competition for string quartets, however prestigious it may be in the world of classical music, is not a “special honor” awarded by a “country”. It’s not like “the people of France” are involved in that competition, and it’s not like “the people of France” then decided not to let these guys on the plane with the trophy.

      BTW, does anyone know what the trophy looks like? Does it look “dangerous”?

  5. Well, maybe the French are getting a bit jumpy for other reasons, like perhaps their foreign policy and what it has been stirring up? That doesn’t mean the airport rule or how it was applied in this case was rational, after all why would a fine musician who just won a major competition all of a sudden become a terrorist and do something to destroy his valuable instrument by sending it off to Valhalla, when a TSA handler could do a better job of it (which of course is the risk of what could have happened when the instrument went in the hold). Hope the guy who checked it before putting it there repacked it carefully. As for this prestige business, is there any NATO nation that has much of it these days?

  6. Brian Z says:

    On a positive note: I wouldn’t have heard of their win if not for the airport trouble and posting here. Double edged sword. :)

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