Ground control: Deer Tick ‘kicked off’ U.S. Airways flight en route to Newport Folk Festival

Credit: Anna Webber

They say you can always go home again, but sometimes you need to find an alternate mode of transportation.

Providence-born alt-rock band Deer Tick were sidetracked yesterday when U.S. Airways refused to let a bandmember board with his guitar.

The band tweeted out the news yesterday as they tried to get to Rhode Island in time for this weekend’s sold-out Newport Folk Festival, where they play Saturday’s slate with Jack White, Nickel Creek, Shakey Graves and 14 others.


They went the Amtrak route instead.

The Providence Journal has more:

Another user posted a link to an article on Reddit that said it’s legal to bring guitars on flights. @deertickmusic answered: “i showed them that. I was told US Airways doesn’t follow FAA rules (???)”

This is Deer Tick’s fourth consecutive year playing at the sold-out Newport Folk Festival, which begins Friday at Fort Adams State Park. The band also hosts a series of after parties at the festival.

No reply from U.S. Airways so far.

It’s believed that Deer Tick have arrived safely in Rhode Island and will play Saturday’s show as planned.