Classical musician Jessica Schmitz was allegedly threatened with arrest at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) over the weekend when she refused to remove her flute from its case at airport security.
Schmitz claims the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) asked her to place the expensive golden instrument in a bin to be scanned, but she refused to do so.
“I said this was absolutely not an option, despite three supervisors assuring me my flute made of gold ‘would be fine’ rattling around in a bin,” said Schmitz. “And when I insisted that this was not, in fact, ‘standard procedure’ and closed the case so they wouldn’t damage it, they called the Chicago Police department to have me removed from the airport.”
Ultimately, the flautist cleared security when an agent had the idea to wrap the instrument in paper towels and run it through the scanner.
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[Photo: Jessica Schmitz]