>I once flew across the country to take an audition. I arrived, but my instrument did not. It was misrouted baggage. It arrived the next day, but that was too late, so I ended up flying across the country at great expense (air fare, taxis, hotel room, meals, etc.) for no reason at all. I had no recourse whatsoever. Possibly I may have won that audition (I felt I could have won it, which is why I wanted to take it), so the negligence of the airlines potentially cost me a tremendous loss of income, professional reputation, and negatively altered the course of the rest of my life forever.
>I do not trust airlines at all.