The oboe/English horn player in the orchestra tonight told me this story:
He flew from south Florida to Washington D.C. and carried his oboe and English horn on to the plane with him. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) security guards took his English horn bocal and accused him of smuggling a "crack pipe."
They also found his spool of wire for making reeds and asked him, "Are you going to make anything with this?"
He replied, "Yes, some reeds." The TSA didn't know what he was talking about.
I have no comment about this, but I'd like to know if musicians from Canada and Europe endure the same experiences.