Earlier this week, we reported that Veuling, the Spanish budget airline, forced two violinists in a string quartet to carry their instruments unprotected on board, or face a steep financial penalty. They were quite rude about it.
This now appears to be the airline’s policy. Violinist David Peralta booked an Iberia flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona and found his ticket assigned to Vueling. Iberia, apparently, is a part-owner of this shaky company.
In order to take his violin case on board, Vueling made him pay an extra 300 Euros for an extra seat (below). David, who is principal second violin at the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, describes this as ‘blackmail’ and warns all musicians to avoid this dubious airline. We call it daylight robbery and strongly advise everyone to take care when booking Iberia as well. Read David’s account here.