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Musician forced off DC flight due to a risk from his cello

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A musician was booted off his D.C. American Airlines flight after the crew said his cello posed a safety risk.

John Kaboff says he was removed from his flight on Tuesday from Reagan National Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport after the flight crew said his cello touched the floor and couldn't be strapped into the extra seat he brought for it. He says he asked for a seatbelt extension to better cradle the $100,000 cello, but was denied.

The 46-year-old Kaboff says ground personnel acknowledged the error and booked him on the next American Airlines flight to Chicago.

American Airlines said in a statement that the company apologizes for any inconvenience he experienced and plans to refund Mr. Kaboff for his cello seat.

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