CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two Indianapolis musicians were not allowed on their flight Monday -- because of their violins.
Zach DePue and Nick Kendall are part of the group Time For Three. They have been artists-in-residence for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 2009.
The pair was in North Carolina on their way to Arkansas to meet up with the third member of their group for a show, but the musicians were not allowed to board the plane with their instruments.
The two men said the airline told them they would not be allowed to fly unless their violins traveled with the checked baggage.
Kendall said their instruments are very fragile, and combined, both of the violins were worth half a million dollars. Kendall said the captain told them the Federal Aviation Administration would fine the airline if they saw the musical instruments on board.
The captain and crew left them alone on the tarmac without any direction. When the men didn’t know what else to do, they started playing on the tarmac.
Eventually the duo was booked onto another flight -- and they received a full apology from U.S. Airways.
"We sincerely apologize for not only their delay, but what occurred at the airport," said Bill McGlashen, a spokesman for U.S. Airways. "We did accommodate them on a later flight to Fayetteville and we wish them good luck and good playing at the festival."
Their story has since gone viral. Since the group posted the video online Monday, it has been viewed almost 100,000 times.
Check out the video below: (NOTE: There is some adult language at the beginning of the video)