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PihSant
07-23-2009, 11:47 PM
So, I'm going to be moving back to the mainland and I have to figure out what to do with my uke. It's a KoAloha tenor in a hardshell case with the palm tree on it? I think it's a fairly common case because I've seen quite a few around. Anyways, my question is, has anyone traveled on an airplane with a tenor sized uke in this case as a personal item not a carryon item. I'll already have a carryon bag, so I want to try to pass my uke as a personal item. I don't want to have to mail it, and I'm sure not going to check. Any help would be appreciated. Aloha :shaka:

Denno
07-23-2009, 11:57 PM
I think I seen other UU members writing about they carry the uke as personal item. All you have to say in security is "well its not like its a bomb". :D

Raygf
07-24-2009, 12:46 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16049

Regards,
Ray

Ukulele JJ
07-24-2009, 01:12 AM
Actually, your biggest problem isn't baggage handlers... it's Samuel L. Jackson:

http://jeffjetton.com/images/forums/ukesonaplane.jpg

JJ

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-24-2009, 01:21 AM
hey... that picture is great

Bratset
07-24-2009, 01:28 AM
Actually, your biggest problem isn't baggage handlers... it's Samuel L. Jackson:

http://jeffjetton.com/images/forums/ukesonaplane.jpg

JJ

Haha awesome pic!

Tanizaki
07-24-2009, 02:07 AM
So, I'm going to be moving back to the mainland and I have to figure out what to do with my uke. It's a KoAloha tenor in a hardshell case with the palm tree on it? I think it's a fairly common case because I've seen quite a few around. Anyways, my question is, has anyone traveled on an airplane with a tenor sized uke in this case as a personal item not a carryon item. I'll already have a carryon bag, so I want to try to pass my uke as a personal item. I don't want to have to mail it, and I'm sure not going to check. Any help would be appreciated. Aloha :shaka:

Under TSA regs, the musical instrument would not be a personal item; it would be a musical instrument, so you could have it along with a carry-on bag and a personal item like a laptop.

I've recently traveled by air with a tenor uke. My case fit in the overhead bin on each flight without problem, so you should be fine as long as you aren't the last person on the plane.

haolejohn
07-24-2009, 02:16 AM
I just got back two weeks ago from hawaii and I carried on a bag and two ukes(concert and tenor). Had no problem. Put both underneath the seat (wife was next to me). On one flight the flight attendant even put one in their secret closet.

Don't fly with guava jelly. They will confiscate that.

PihSant
07-24-2009, 03:02 AM
What airline did you fly John?

sukie
07-24-2009, 03:11 AM
I think I seen other UU members writing about they carry the uke as personal item. All you have to say in security is "well its not like its a bomb". :D

I'm pretty sure if you want to get on the plane you shouldn't say that. Don't even THINK the word bomb. TSA folks have absolutely no sense of humor -- at least on the job.

P.S. when are you coming to Minnesota? When does school start? Don't forget to look up Eddie when school starts. He's in the Ukulele Orchestra. He can fill you in on the ukulele scene here.

haolejohn
07-24-2009, 03:46 AM
I flew on four different carriers there and back. Hawaiian, air tran, american and one other. I flew to hawaii with one uke and had no problems. Tsa in vegas were punks. Howlin hobbit has a link to the tsa form that states instruments can be carried. You will be fine.

haole
07-24-2009, 05:18 AM
It'll be fine as a personal item. Sometimes they'll even let you on with a personal item, a carry-on, AND a musical instrument, but it's not worth counting on that. If you have a hardshell case it'll fit nicely in the overhead and it'll be fine. Heck, I've put ukes in gig bags into the overhead. (Stuffed the gig bags with clothes first!)
Sopranos and concerts can usually fit under the seat in front of you, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they have the window seat.

iamdanielle
07-24-2009, 05:23 AM
I've never had any trouble carrying my tenor with me as a personal item. In fact, the TSA agents always ask me a million questions about my uke. One time the agent watching the xray screen stopped the belt and called his buddy over and said, "What IS that?!?" His friend proceeded to tell him that it was a ukulele and also told him the history of the instrument, what it sounds like and that he had two himself. Then they asked me to play for them. I politely declined as to not miss my flight. :)

Howie1947
07-24-2009, 05:26 AM
I just got back from Honolulu, flying Hawaiian Airlines, even did some island hopping. Wife and I had 3 Ukes...........Tenor, Tenor 6-string, and concert, in addition to other carry on things. No problems.

leftovermagic84
07-24-2009, 05:55 AM
TSA folks have absolutely no sense of humor -- at least on the job.

no kidding. I flew out of a small airport early one morning. I was literally the only non-employee in sight, but as I was passing through security the two guards told me straight faced that I had been "randomly selected" for a full search. I thought they were joking and laughed...then got a simultaneous pat down and lecture about security being no joke. weak sauce.:(

Ahnko Honu
07-24-2009, 06:35 AM
Actually, your biggest problem isn't baggage handlers... it's Samuel L. Jackson:

http://jeffjetton.com/images/forums/ukesonaplane.jpg

JJ

Can I put this on a T-shirt? It's awesome! First thing I thought of when I saw the this threads title. :rofl:

Ahnko Honu
07-24-2009, 06:39 AM
All I'm saying is American Airlines has knuckle-walking Neanderthals (even a caveman CAN'T do it) baggage handlers, and customer service which sux like a Hoover. :mad:

rossjr
07-24-2009, 07:30 AM
I flew Northworst (NWA) and Delta and had no issues both times I did it. The first time was my Tenor in a gig bag, the second was a concert in a hard case. My only suggestion is get on the plan as early as possible, you'll have to put it in the overhead compartment, nothing can be in the aisle, even if you are in a window seat. Then watch it like a hawk while people are loading that compartment.

Some people have nothing but contempt for musical instruments and think their case of pineapples are more important. People also have a hard time distinguishing between a $300+ Ukulele and $20 sovenier.

DaveVisi
07-24-2009, 07:32 AM
Listen to Mountain Dulcimer player Bing Futch tell his horror story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v3NgxGKqCE

haolejohn
07-24-2009, 07:45 AM
You can place the uke under your seat but u need two seats. Flying with someone makes that easier.

The fa folk are generally happy to accomodate the uke. Just ask them.

molokinirum
07-24-2009, 08:17 AM
I just got back two weeks ago from hawaii and I carried on a bag and two ukes(concert and tenor). Had no problem. Put both underneath the seat (wife was next to me). On one flight the flight attendant even put one in their secret closet.

Don't fly with guava jelly. They will confiscate that.

They took the guava jelly??????
BASTARDS:mad::mad::mad::mad:

bbycrts
07-24-2009, 08:20 AM
Actually, your biggest problem isn't baggage handlers... it's Samuel L. Jackson:

http://jeffjetton.com/images/forums/ukesonaplane.jpg

JJ

Wow. SamL has a Kamaka!

Citrus
07-24-2009, 12:04 PM
Listen to Mountain Dulcimer player Bing Futch tell his horror story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v3NgxGKqCE

I was gonna link that!

Roy Jovero
07-24-2009, 12:29 PM
OK, let me chime in, being a TSA employee and all.

The ukulele will be fine. It's too big to be considered a "personal item," but when it comes down to it, we do not enforce the luggage rules. That is up to the airlines. I've seen many passengers bring 3 or 4 bags with them, and told them that the airlines may have a problem with it.

As for the baggage damage thing, tell the ticket agents that your ukulele is fragile and they'll put the sticker and/or tag on. Most damage happens between the time the baggage leaves the TSA screening area and the time it gets on the plane. Southwest Airlines is notorious for stacking their baggage unreasonably high on their baggage carts, and I've seen plenty of bags fall off from considerable heights. TSA screening areas are monitored by cameras, direct supervision, or a combination of both. We are simply not allowed to handle baggae in a rough manner.

Lastly, about the guava jelly thing, there are certain guidelines that we have to follow. The FAA makes the rules, and we enforce them. Next time you try to bring guava jelly, tell the TSA officers that you're diabetic, and you'll be able to keep it.

MGM
07-24-2009, 01:45 PM
I fly over twenty trips a year and always have a tenor hard koolau case carry on and a rolling carryon bag never a problem AA airlines and Continental is what I fly. Sometimes I carry two ukuleles no bag

ukulelearp
07-24-2009, 03:07 PM
I just went on a trip to the beach, and packed my ukulele in a gigbag in my luggage, surrounded by towels and t-shirts and what not. Arrived safe and sound.

haolejohn
07-24-2009, 03:09 PM
Thanks for the tip on the jelly. It wouldn't been that bad but we went through two airports with no problems.

PihSant
07-24-2009, 04:12 PM
I'm pretty sure if you want to get on the plane you shouldn't say that. Don't even THINK the word bomb. TSA folks have absolutely no sense of humor -- at least on the job.

P.S. when are you coming to Minnesota? When does school start? Don't forget to look up Eddie when school starts. He's in the Ukulele Orchestra. He can fill you in on the ukulele scene here.

I'm probably going to be in MN at the start of September. It'll give me some time to get a place to live and kinda get settled down before school starts. I'll definitely keep in touch. I'm excited to meet up and hang out with some other uke players up there.

Teek
07-25-2009, 11:50 AM
Just seconding the previous post to the effect that one should never say "bomb" in an airport, especially in the security check. :eek:

3nails4holes
07-25-2009, 07:34 PM
i almost freaked out when i realized what i had yelled to a student as we were waiting in an int'l airport lobby. they had their ipod headphones in and were complaining about a serious bug bite on their arm. i suggested that they use a balm that my wife had in her carry-on. and yes i yelled it when they couldn't hear me the first time or two.

this one cracks me up:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc4I0lNsgiU&feature=PlayList&p=B8451ECA02A8ECE1&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=15

pingraham
07-26-2009, 05:12 AM
Get a good case and take it on board with you. Or buy a custom Calton case, lock it and don't worry. The aviation transportation regulations that were promulgated in November 2001 (after 9/11) read as follows I include part 2 so you have all of Sec. 135):

SEC. 135. SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
It is the sense of the House of Representatives tható
(1) the Under Secretary of Transportation for Security
should develop security procedures to allow passengers transporting
a musical instrument on a flight of an air carrier
to transport the instrument in the passenger cabin of the
aircraft, notwithstanding any size or other restriction on carryon
baggage but subject to such other reasonable security procedures,
terms, and conditions as may be established by the
Under Secretary or the air carrier, including imposing additional
charges by the air carrier; and
(2) an air carrier that transports mail under a contract
with the United States Postal Service should transport any
animal that the Postal Service allows to be shipped through
the mail.

The whole document is a half inch thick on letter sized paper. Cellists have to check the post the cello stands on.

Be careful of overhead bins - crazy people often feel they can get their oversized bags in if they can get them going 30 miles an hour into the bin. It would be a shame to have someone crack your ukulele with a rollaboard.

Happy Landings!
Pete
:shaka: