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Shazzbot
05-09-2012, 11:34 AM
My wife, my flea and I were sitting in the last row of a Boeing 737 yesterday. Right next to a harried father with a four month old who was tired, over-stimulated and a bit cranky. So I decided what better time to break out my flea. Maybe distract junior for a bit.
Try as I might, I couldn't hear my playing. I even bent over to try to hear my strumming. The e and a strings simply weren't there.
The kid never even noticed me.
I'm wondering if I sat in first class, could I hear myself?
Of course, with the free drinks, I probably wouldn't notice.

coolkayaker1
05-09-2012, 11:58 AM
Disadvantage of first class: first and certain to die in a nosedive.

Disadvantage of coach class, last row: first and certain to die when the tail breaks off.

Six of one, half dozen of the other.

Freeda
05-09-2012, 12:08 PM
Time for a Peanut or EleUke?

1931jim
05-09-2012, 01:22 PM
Coolkayaker and CanoeLady and my row boat are the way to go. Everybody can hear the beautiful melody of Row Row Row Your Boat. I never did like the landing part of flying.

uke2020
05-09-2012, 05:32 PM
Time for a Peanut or EleUke?

Took my peanut on an international flight with noise blocking earbud headphones and it worked great. And the size is perfect to not jab your neighbor.

Shazzbot
05-09-2012, 07:52 PM
I was trying to channel George Harrison.
Didn't happen.

The Big Kahuna
05-09-2012, 10:25 PM
The only cure for noisy children on aircraft is to dip their Dummy* in Rohypnol.

Saying that, if you happen to be carrying Rohypnol, you should probably be in jail instead of on a plane.













* Pacifier, for all the non English speaking Colonists amongst you ;)

Skitzic
05-10-2012, 03:41 AM
Benadryl. Problem solved, and no one goes to jail. :D

mds725
05-10-2012, 08:50 AM
I was trying to channel George Harrison.
Didn't happen.

Don't take it personally. I think George is inundated in those requests these days.

Ukuleleblues
05-10-2012, 02:05 PM
I've been at the beach with a quieter uke real close to the surf and could barely hear the person playing next to me. It shows you how loud that plane was.

chindog
05-10-2012, 02:49 PM
Coolkayaker and CanoeLady and my row boat are the way to go. Everybody can hear the beautiful melody of Row Row Row Your Boat. I never did like the landing part of flying.

I have always LOVED the landing part. If you don't have that, you are in big trouble!

1931jim
05-10-2012, 03:57 PM
I have always LOVED the landing part. If you don't have that, you are in big trouble!
HaHa!! Very good Mike. I like your sense of humor.
Jim

1931jim
05-10-2012, 04:07 PM
Hello Bill1,
That would be an interesting thread indeed. The oxygen and air pressure in a kayak, canoe or row boat affecting the tone versus the 40,000 feet tone.
Jim

Papa Tom
05-10-2012, 06:31 PM
I've had the same experience on planes during my several years of constant business travel. After about an hour on a plane, the noises that started out ear-shattering are barely noticeable anymore -- until you try to superimpose another sound (like a ukulele) over them. Then you realize how much noise the aircraft is making. I was always frustrated by that noise when I wanted to play my uke for somebody, but always grateful for it when I needed to fart.

GowitDaFlow
05-10-2012, 06:57 PM
Had a real world test just yesterday, same plane!! My wife and I flew from Seattle to Puerto Rico last night. On the first leg of our journey we sat in row 29, i strummed a bit but couldnt hear anything. On our second flight we were seated in row 32. A family needed to sit together so a flight attendant asked if we would be willing to move. We said that wouldn't be a problem. Well, to our surprise they moved us to first class. It is much quieter and cozier up in the front. While you would be first to die in a nose dive, you would at least hear your final notes.

DaveY
05-11-2012, 09:19 AM
Had a real world test just yesterday, same plane!! My wife and I flew from Seattle to Puerto Rico last night. On the first leg of our journey we sat in row 29, i strummed a bit but couldnt hear anything. On our second flight we were seated in row 32. A family needed to sit together so a flight attendant asked if we would be willing to move. We said that wouldn't be a problem. Well, to our surprise they moved us to first class. It is much quieter and cozier up in the front. While you would be first to die in a nose dive, you would at least hear your final notes.

New thread suggestion: If You Were Nosediving In A Plane, What Song Would You Choose To Play?

hoosierhiver
05-11-2012, 09:49 AM
I very often end up in the last row of the airplane, so often so I wondered what was up. I mentioned it to someone waiting in the line with me and they said it has to do with where you check in. If you check in at the curb, you end up in the front, check in via kiosk and you get the middle, check in at the counter with your luggage and they sit you in the back.

mikelz777
05-11-2012, 10:08 AM
Am I the only one that thinks it odd that anyone would play a uke on a plane in the first place? Don't get me wrong, I love the uke but I'm pretty certain that there are probably a lot of people out there who don't share the same level of enthusiasm for it as people here do. It seems to me that it would be a bit inconsiderate and assuming to others on the plane but maybe I'm alone in this thought. :confused:

yorick
05-11-2012, 10:29 AM
Am I the only one that thinks it odd that anyone would play a uke on a plane in the first place? Don't get me wrong, I love the uke but I'm pretty certain that there are probably a lot of people out there who don't share the same level of enthusiasm for it as people here do. It seems to me that it would be a bit inconsiderate and assuming to others on the plane but maybe I'm alone in this thought. :confused:

The elephant in the room has been spotted.

I agree, but I left the possibility open that the plane was sparsely populated and perhaps the situation did call for some ukein'.

But, in general, I personally like to read on planes and wouldn't want the distraction.

Shazz had good intentions, though, so no disrespect is intended by my opinion.

Ukuleleblues
05-11-2012, 11:00 AM
Am I the only one that thinks it odd that anyone would play a uke on a plane in the first place? Don't get me wrong, I love the uke but I'm pretty certain that there are probably a lot of people out there who don't share the same level of enthusiasm for it as people here do. It seems to me that it would be a bit inconsiderate and assuming to others on the plane but maybe I'm alone in this thought. :confused:Only if they threw in some kazoo, tap dancing and Yodeling... and did it poorly.

mikelz777
05-11-2012, 11:38 AM
You forgot the cymbals strapped between the knees. ;)

Shazzbot
05-11-2012, 12:16 PM
My entire intention was to distract the kid.
I figured a bit of strumming was preferable to the kid's hollering.
And hey, the kid was cool, I wasn't angry with him or dad about being noisy.
Just trying to help.

I was quite surprised about the jet induced muffling of my typically not so quiet flea.

It was the first and last time I will try it.

On a side note, the TSA guy at the xray machine joked that I needed to play a tune to get past him.
Luckily he was kidding. The whole TSA crew at John Wayne airport was the jolliest bunch I have ever encountered.

hapuna
05-11-2012, 03:39 PM
Dude, Its a flea.......

itsme
05-11-2012, 04:21 PM
I hate being in the last row where the seats don't recline. Nice to be close to the can, though, and you can see when it's available. :o

watrr
05-11-2012, 04:28 PM
I have always LOVED the landing part. If you don't have that, you are in big trouble!


hahaha well done.

UncleElvis
05-11-2012, 04:38 PM
First rule of parenting (according to my grandmother): Scotch and duck tape. If it's good enough for Nana, it's good enough for me!

whetu
05-13-2012, 03:52 PM
Skimmed the thread, didn't see it mentioned but forgive me if it was. The reason for this is very likely because aircraft cabins are often flooded with white noise for passenger comfort, and if not, the engines usually provide a level of white noise anyway. One application of white noise is for simple noise reduction and even noise cancellation - important in a vehicle full of people and attached to noisy jet engines. It's also the cause (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/science-finds-the-plane-truth-about-inflight-meals-2107130.html) of those bad "so what is it with airline food?" jokes.

So next time you fly, pay attention to your environment: do you hear a loud wooshing sound like a nearby airconditioner? That might not just be the plane's A/C :)

First class may have different cabin sound-deadening, insulation and panels, and may have white noise played at a more pleasing frequency. I don't know. Buy me a first class ticket and I'll let you know ;)

Teek
05-13-2012, 10:48 PM
New thread suggestion: If You Were Nosediving In A Plane, What Song Would You Choose To Play?

You Raise Me Up.

Gwynedd
05-14-2012, 12:00 AM
Nine out of ten pediatricians traveling with their kids use Benedryl, which was a shocker to me. I had the "grandkids" this weekend along with the mom who needed to go do some school event and we just played till we crashed. Which we all did. (I'm adopted grammie to a 3 and 5 year old.) The bad moment was before lunch. Little snacks, toys, a pillow and finally, a squishy shoulder. And earplugs all 'round.

His Sinfulness
05-14-2012, 01:17 AM
My mother, who put people to sleep for a living (she was a Nurse Anesthetist), swore by Dramamine, Benadryl, and Robitussin on plane flights. One good dose of any of those generally equals comatose kid. I have heard from my British friends that the teething gel they sell in the UK is great for this too, if the kid is really little.