Country music star Lawrie Minson criticizes Qantas baggage handlers after the case carrying his custom-built Maton guitar was smashed to pieces
- Lawrie Minson flew Qantas from Sydney to Darwin
- His guitar case was completely destroyed.
- Musician demanded answers from airline
Australian country music star Lawrie Minson snapped at Qantas baggage handlers after the metal box containing his custom Maton guitar was destroyed.
Minson shared photos and videos of the clumsily repaired case returned to him by Qantas after he flew from Sydney to Darwin on Thursday night.
Handlers wrapped the aluminum box in a few pieces of orange tape after it was almost completely crushed during transit.
The angry musician wrote that he would file a complaint with Qantas after staff offered no explanation for the damage.
Some fans speculated that the case had been ‘run over’ on the way to Darwin.
Minson was relieved to find his custom Maton guitar, worth thousands of dollars, survived the flight (Pictured Minson with his Maton after the flight)
‘It is 3 in the morning and I have just arrived in Darwin. I am working with the amazing (indigenous musician) Yirrmal over the weekend,” Minson wrote on social media.
“Qantas baggage handlers have gone above and beyond on this journey. They have reached a new personal low in my more than forty years of touring this great country.
‘They told me to go online and complain, so that’s what I’m doing!’
Miraculously, the Thug, valued at thousands of dollars, escaped completely unscathed.
“The cases can be replaced, but this guitar was custom built for me to play slide,” Minson continued.
“It was a huge relief to find it intact when I opened what was left of its road case.”
In a video, Minson described the entire incident as “absolutely ridiculous.”
“That was a good road case – the idea of road cases is that they can handle whatever these idiots throw at it,” he said.
Hundreds of shocked fans demanded an explanation from Qantas.
Australian country music star Lawrie Minson shared photos of his guitar case (above) which was destroyed during a Qantas flight from Sydney to Darwin.
Minson said he would file a complaint with Qantas about the damage to his case (above) after staff offered no explanation.
‘That’s bloody terrible, absolutely no respect for other people’s property. Qantas you are getting worse’ wrote one.
‘Holy shit. Lawrie who has been run over. Compression in a cargo helmet can’t do that,” said another.
Those cases are difficult. The baggage handlers really wanted to destroy your suitcase,” wrote a third.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Qantas for comment.