US Customs

A String Player’s Guide to the Ivory Ban

If you plan to travel abroad this summer, you may need a passport… for your bow. Horror stories have been circulating about the confiscation of string players’ bows at international borders due to the recent “ivory ban.” On Saturday, May 31st, seven bows belonging to members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra were seized at JFK Airport (these did not have proper documentation, and have since been released). More alarming – a bow owned by a double-bassist in the Bavarian Radio Orchestra has been held at JFK since the orchestra passed through in mid-May, as it was found to contain a piece of bone from […]

Reprint: Two Articles from The Violin Channel — Ivory Bows and US Customs

Below are two recent articles from The Violin Channel regarding traveling players' issues with US Customs over bows containing ivory. Trio Violinists Denied Access to Carry Violins On US Airways Flight [VIDEO] Posted May 27, 2014 in NEWS Violinists Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall, from the string trio Time for Three have today released a fly-on-the-wall YouTube video – after being stopped on the tarmac of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, by ill-informed US Airways crew members – claiming their violins were impermissible within the cabin. En route to the Artosphere Arts and Nature Festival in Arkansas, the Captain asked both men to exit the plane and wait on the tarmac, so the frustrated musicians took to twitter and their phones: TIME FOR THREE | VIOLINISTS DENIED US AIRWAYS FLIGHT “We were stopped as we entered the plane by the [...]