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Mikasai
01-19-2009, 09:35 PM
Just had heard that Eddie Kamae had bought one ticket for his ukulele to ride the plane in the seat next to him on the way to D.C. for inaugaration performance. He neva like check em in or put in overhead, so da baby strapped in all da way to D.C.!

Kanaka916
01-20-2009, 04:43 AM
Fo real? Cause you can hand carry one - which I've done my last two trips back home.

Stackabones
01-20-2009, 05:39 AM
I'd guess he did it because the flight was probably packed to D.C. (it's a big event, ya know?) and he didn't want to take a chance with it -- either by being forced to gate check it or not having any overhead space.

It's also tax write-off. Just business expenses. ;)

Jimmy
01-20-2009, 09:28 AM
I thought you couldn't do that anymore. My sister's friend wanted to get a seat for his really expensive viola when he was flying to America but couldn't.

I suppose that's pretty hardcore. I know I wouldn't want my ukulele broken if I was going to be playing at the inauguration!

Dilphat
01-20-2009, 09:54 AM
I thought you couldn't do that anymore. My sister's friend wanted to get a seat for his really expensive viola when he was flying to America but couldn't.

I suppose that's pretty hardcore. I know I wouldn't want my ukulele broken if I was going to be playing at the inauguration!

I would think that it would just matter on how many seats are still open. but i could be wrong. lol, that would be tight though.

Hobgoblin Steve
01-20-2009, 11:50 AM
anybody have any video of the performance?

thejumpingflea
01-20-2009, 04:05 PM
'Ukulele are people too.

lilsweettypi
01-20-2009, 08:27 PM
'Ukulele are people too.

I totally agree :)

Hobgoblin Steve
01-20-2009, 09:20 PM
so no vids?

Mikasai
01-21-2009, 09:43 PM
No vids yet that I could find.

allinfun
01-22-2009, 07:19 AM
It's not uncommon at all, especially for high end and delicate instruments. Symphony member from Seattle got hand delivered a strat for a one time performance and it flew in the cabin with it's own seat. Insurance required that it stay in visual sight and beside the currier at all times. Neat article in the paper about it.

We've seen cellos, violins, guitars, etc all have their own seat with the seatbelt on. You pay for the ticket (usually required to be full fare) and they make it happen. Reality is it doesn't matter if it's a dulcimer or a fat man from Peoria, they got the seat paid for.

koa
01-22-2009, 07:28 AM
Airlines get a good deal when you purchase a seat for your uke. Light weight and probably no additional checked luggage. An additional weight and cargo volume savings.