HOUSTON, TX (WMC) - A violinist with ties to the University of Memphis claims she was attacked by a United Airlines employee for trying to bring her violin onboard a plane.
Yennifer Correia, who received an artist diploma with the U of M, told KPRC she was at Bush Airport in Houston catching a flight to play with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
That's when a supervisor told her she had to check her violin.
When Correia told the person 'no' and asked for a name, the supervisor allegedly threw herself on top of the suitcase, threatened to call airport security, then simply walked away.
"I start screaming, 'Help, help, help, can somebody record what's happening because this lady's trying to take my personal suitcase from me,'" Correia said.
United issued this statement on the matter: