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Normagal
11-11-2012, 01:46 PM
Have you taken yours on a plane?
We are heading to my son and his family for Thanksgiving. I wanted to take my uke...but am rethinking that. I was gonna put it in my carry on, but it doesn't fit in its case in th bag as well as I had thought it would. I really don't know if I can trust it in my checked bag. It's only a Dolphin so it's not expensive, but I still don't want it broken.
Any thoughts?
I guess I could live without it for a week.

Kanaka916
11-11-2012, 02:05 PM
Some previous threads . . .
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-26771.html
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-60781.html
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-19478.html

Lori
11-11-2012, 03:44 PM
If your checked bag is big enough, and you wrap clothes all around your uke for padding, it probably will be OK. I would want about 3 inches of padding between the wall of the suitcase and the uke. Otherwise, I have one duffle bag carry on, that my dolphin can fit into. I often travel with two dolphins in that duffle and I use the boxes they came in for protection.

–Lori

ukuLily Mars
11-11-2012, 03:56 PM
I guess I could live without it for a week.

Oh, I doubt that. ;)

Along the lines of what Lori suggested, my Dolphin travelled from New York to Florida then back to New York and then to Geneva, all in my checked bag. I put the whole case (Uke Crazy) in and surrounded it with clothes and it was fine. I doubt I would do that with a very expensive instrument but I didn't know better at the time. It worked out fine for an inexpensive laminate, especially on Swiss Air. I'm taking a short flight this weekend and I am thinking I will carry the 'uke and just a tote bag. I like the idea of streamlining my carry-on baggage anyway.

But I would really try to bring it with you, if you can!

Normagal
11-11-2012, 03:59 PM
Lori-it probably will work in my more structured carry on bag, I just won't fit a whole lot else in that bag. I have a padded case, and can put my coat and other clothes around it. I think that will work. The bag I originally planned to put it in is not padded enough. It will probably end up being gate checked, but that should be ok. Traveling is kind of a pain...

frisbee fred
11-11-2012, 04:01 PM
I fly a lot and take my uke with me almost all the time. Half the time I keep it in my luggage as discussed above and the other half I put it in a soft gig bag and it fits in the overhead compartment. Haven't had any trouble either way.

Ukelix
11-11-2012, 04:31 PM
you're normally allowed to one piece carry-on plus one personal item (laptop / camera bag) plus a musical instrument, so just bring the uke in its regular gigbag or case.

tigersister
11-11-2012, 04:39 PM
you're normally allowed to one piece carry-on plus one personal item (laptop / camera bag) plus a musical instrument, so just bring the uke in its regular gigbag or case.

This. Most airlines will let you count it as your personal item. If you normally carry a purse, you may need to get a travel wallet to keep id, boarding pass, and currency/cards around your neck to keep all those handy and stash the purse into your carry on. Check the airlines website to see what your particular carriers rules are.

themax
11-11-2012, 05:55 PM
I have taken my TV Pal in a hard case several times a year for the past two years as a carry-on. It goes in the overhead bin without a problem.

The only comment I've ever gotten in the security line was something like, "A ukulele, like Tiny Tim?" from someone behind the X-ray machine.

Nobody in the concourse has ever requested an impromptu concert.

I have only taken it on Southwest flights, where the competition for overhead bin space is not so fierce, due to the free checked bags policy. I'm taking another airline for a Thanksgiving visit and wonder if I should be prepared to gate check it.

The Big Kahuna
11-11-2012, 07:25 PM
I brought a Soprano AND a Tenor together as carry on from New York to England in May, and last month brought a Tenor in a hard case back here from Hawaii (3 separate flights). I wasn't challenged once, and wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

Flying AA again is an altogether different matter.

localmana
11-11-2012, 08:36 PM
I travel back and forth between CA and HI and have not had any problems carrying my Tenor in a gig bag as carry on. I heard some have had some problems with a hard case. Ask the specific airlines to be sure. I've been allowed to put it on the floor, under the seat, between my feet.

Good luck.

Ipsofacto
11-11-2012, 10:27 PM
I've actually ordered a Dolphin and some strings to my parents, for when I go home over the holidays. I'm there for almost a month, I'm going to go nuts if I don't have a Uke!

Hms
11-12-2012, 02:29 AM
Buy another Dolphin on arrival and leave it there for your next visit.
You never know someone from the family may pick it up whilst you're away!
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PTOEguy
12-03-2012, 05:43 PM
When I and my family fly for Christmas, we will have two violins, at least one ukulele, and we are trying to decide if we can carry on an 1/8 size cello. We've not had problems carrying on violins (1/4 size or smaller), or ukuleles (tenor and smaller). Typically I've had the instrument as a personal item, and another carry-on bag.

Many instruments are longer and narrower than typical allowances and fit reasonably well in the overhead bins. Your fine as long as no one is being hard nosed about luggage and you aren't to obvious. My sister is short (5'1" on a tall day) and she usually has her husband carry her violin because it looks smaller when he carries it.

Normagal
12-04-2012, 12:32 AM
I ended up putting it in my carry on bag that gets gate checked. I put it in the soft padded bag I have for it. It's kind of a tight fit, cause its almost too tall for the bag. It made it just fine.

ksiegel
12-04-2012, 04:23 AM
I have a Fluke tenor, and a Sceptre Tenor, both in hard cases. While I only carry one at a time, either will fit fine in an overhead bin - even on commuter flights. No problems from United with either as a carry-on item.


-Kurt

electrauke
12-04-2012, 06:30 AM
Well, watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo

UkueBass23
12-04-2012, 09:00 AM
I flew to Florida with mine and to Jamaica with my KoAloha in April and May respectively and had no problems carrying it on the plane. I would not suggest packing it in your luggage unless it is in hard case. The airlines have done some serious smooshing of my luggage in the past. Hard case, overhead compartment. No issues.

Bob-in-Alberta
12-04-2012, 11:04 AM
We flew back from Honolulu last month with two concert size ukes in hard cases and didn't have any problems either. We stored both in the overhead bins and they got home safely. We did have some concerns while other passengers were trying to ram their oversized carry ons into the compartment though. It would be nice if airlines would better regulate the size of what is allowed to be carried on for free and make people check any luggage that is over the allowable size.

amiewee
12-23-2012, 08:15 PM
I travelled between New Zealand and Los Angeles recently with a Guitarele and was worried I wouldn't be able to take it on thenplane but I wasn't questioned once. Because of it's size, I ended up putting it up the front with the strollers/prams. :)

blue_knight_usa
12-24-2012, 05:48 AM
I take mine all the time. Matter of fact I am heading to Mexico tomorrow and will be carrying mine on the plane. No one has ever hassled me about it. I also have a small bag I take that goes under the seat in front of me and I put my uke in the overhead bin. Several times I have been asked to play by flight attendants, they would say "Can we get a free concert"....and I told them I wouldn't want to scare the passengers!

I have 3 hr lay over in LA tomorrow so everyone in the airport gets a free concert on Christmas. I need to load my OnSong with a few more Christmas songs today!

Cheers!


Have you taken yours on a plane?
We are heading to my son and his family for Thanksgiving. I wanted to take my uke...but am rethinking that. I was gonna put it in my carry on, but it doesn't fit in its case in th bag as well as I had thought it would. I really don't know if I can trust it in my checked bag. It's only a Dolphin so it's not expensive, but I still don't want it broken.
Any thoughts?
I guess I could live without it for a week.

EscapeTheClouds
12-28-2012, 01:31 AM
I've taken two trips with ukes.

The first was to Hawaii from Florida. I took a backpack, a wheeled carry-on and my little beater Mahalo Soprano in its soft case. I could fit the uke in the backpack, but what I ended up doing was getting a carabiner and clipping it to the outside of my backpack. TSA and American Airlines counted it as one bag. I could fit both the backpack and the uke under the seat ahead of me, no problem. I'm planning on doing the same with my Eleuke Peanut this coming May, which should be even easier considering how small the Peanut is.

The second trip I took was a short round trip to Atlanta with my baritone Eleuke in its stock soft case. I found that while the stock case was well padded on the front and back sides, it left a lot to be desired on the edge. By the end of the trip, the plug had punched a hole through the fabric, and the zippers were coming undone. I think I'll invest in a hard case for it next time.

blue_knight_usa
12-28-2012, 04:40 AM
I am now in Mazatlan. I brought my Tenor on a regional Crj 900 jet from SFO to LAX which is small and they let me bring it on with no questions. It easily fit in the overhead sideways. Then took Alaska from Lax into Mazatlan.no questions asked. So I have taken my concerts and Tenors even on small regionals without any questions.

Cheers!


I take mine all the time. Matter of fact I am heading to Mexico tomorrow and will be carrying mine on the plane. No one has ever hassled me about it. I also have a small bag I take that goes under the seat in front of me and I put my uke in the overhead bin. Several times I have been asked to play by flight attendants, they would say "Can we get a free concert"....and I told them I wouldn't want to scare the passengers!

I have 3 hr lay over in LA tomorrow so everyone in the airport gets a free concert on Christmas. I need to load my OnSong with a few more Christmas songs today!

Cheers!

brianxshin
02-03-2013, 05:32 PM
if its a soprano it should be easy to just take with u instead of checkin it in i had my concert with me always waited till someone put they stuff in first then i would put my uke on top of it