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'Big Time Rush' Star

American Airlines Smashed My Custom Guitar

8/20/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Big Time Rush Guitar Smashed "Big Time Rush" lead singer Kendall Schmidt is having issues with the airlines again after his custom made guitar was destroyed in flight ... and he demands American Airlines pony up.

Kendall had an appearance in Sacramento Sunday where he was supposed to perform ... but showed up with a mangled piece of wood instead of the $4,000 guitar he bought 6 months ago.

And Kendall says American isn't making things easy ... informing him he shouldn't expect any answers for at least a month.

American has a liability limitation of $3,400 for domestic flights ... so, best case scenario, he'd be out $600 ... unless he got insurance.

Kendall's had other airline woes ... he says a bag with $7,000 in jewelry went missing last year.

We've reached out to American ... but they must have lost our number. 

28 COMMENTS

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namers    

They look like a boy band whose music is created for them; don't see a guitar playing. Did he have it in it's case?? If I had a bag with $7000 worth of jewels, it would be glued to me in flight.

29 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

Why does TMZ insist on embarrassing itself by telling us their phone calls were not returned? Hardly anybody ever calls them back. I wonder why. LOL

29 days ago
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Bridget    

I don't know what to say about someone who would trust a bunch of strangers with 4,000 and 7,000 dollars worth of property. Ummm...not the sharpest tool in the shed? Not the brightest apple in the bunch. One excedrin tablet short of a full medicine cabinet? Something along those lines.

29 days ago
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BillyBob Again    

All things he want's new, he puts in a plastic bag an sends it on a flight, on purpose!
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BTW, why does he need a $4,000 guitar to do lib syncing while doing some gay aerobics ??

29 days ago
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Stevonez    

They invented this thing called the "hard shell case"… google it...

29 days ago
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LaurenKnows    

I'll never understand why anyone continue to fly American Airlines. The only time I hear about them it's bad and there planes are gross.

29 days ago
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bob    

$4K isn't an expensive "custom made" guitar - it's more likely an existing model with a few custom tweaks.

But that's kind of picking nits.

If he was using a proper acoustic guitar flight case, the instrument is not going to sustain that kind of damage. American is probably taking that into consideration as they evaluate their settlement offer.

29 days ago
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charles    

remember the tune "..United breaks guitars..."

29 days ago
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01void    

As others have said, he should have used a hard case and he must not be to smart to put $7,000 worth of jewelry in a suit case, what a moron.

29 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

Sounds like a money spinner to me. First a large amount of jewelry, now an expensive guitar?

29 days ago
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PT    

You should'a used Fed-X.

29 days ago
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Doc Holliday    

What guy travels with a bag filled with $7k in jewelry? A gay! And you keep that **** with you, idiot!!!

28 days ago
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Sandra     

Boring.

28 days ago
14.

Kelly    

That's what he gets for not carrying it.

28 days ago
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Kisa    

First off, if you have something valuable/important put it in your carry on bag. Packing 7k worth of jewels is not only putting a lot of trust into TSA but in the baggage handlers as well. As for the guitar, make sure you have a good, sturdy case for it or better yet, book it a seat. People do that all the time with large musical instruments to ensure 100% safe transit. If everyday people do it, I'm sure he can afford it.

28 days ago
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