Lebrecht: Why Shouldn’t Musicians Have To Fly Like The Rest Of Us?

Norman Lebrecht is unconvinced by British musicians’ protests over new airline carry-on restrictions. “If an exception were made for concert soloists, executives would demand to carry their laptops, nursing mothers their baby kits and would-be jihadis their special-mix drinks. It is not even in the musicians’ own interest to set them apart as a special case for that would separate them from the rest of the human race at a time when their greatest need, in classics and jazz, is to be seen as integral and essential to the emotions and rhythms of the modern world.”