Violinists Sound off about Ryanair’s New Instrument Charge

Posted February 22, 2008 by Zak Patten

Ryanair If there’s one thing I hate about air travel, it’s figuring out how to pack my violin. OK, I’m just fiddling around. I’m not a musician. But if I were, I’d be as peeved as any of the folks over at

According to Kristian Rahbek Knudsen (who’s going to doubt someone with such a great name?), Ryanair wouldn’t let him board with his violin case in hand, instead requiring that he purchase an additional seat for his instrument at a cost of €300 ($436 as of this morning). Knudsen says he bought his own seat for just €100. In the carrier’s defense, if Knudsen has an antique Stradivarius, he might not want to cram it in the overhead bin with the next passenger’s dirty vacation laundry.

But it does seem that Ryanair really has it in for violins. Maybe the airline’s CEO is holding a grudge because his parents forced him to take lessons for years and his playing still screeched like fingernails across a chalkboard. 

I’m just surprised Knudsen wasn’t able to “pull some strings” so that the flight attendants would look the other way. Maybe he just doesn’t have enough pluck.

(Photo: Boeing Photo)

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Maybe Ryanair is feeling defensive about playing second fiddle to Aer Lingus?

Posted on February 23, 2008 at 10:11 AM by Angela P.

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