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westcoast
11-08-2013, 09:55 PM
I might be doing some traveling by plane and I've been thinking about upgrading my KA-TG to something nicer. Would you take your "nice uke" with you when you travel? I'm headed to the east coast where the humidity can get pretty low. As long as I check my luggage, I think can probably carry on the uke and my backpack.

consitter
11-08-2013, 10:13 PM
I might be doing some traveling by plane and I've been thinking about upgrading my KA-TG to something nicer. Would you take your "nice uke" with you when you travel? I'm headed to the east coast where the humidity can get pretty low. As long as I check my luggage, I think can probably carry on the uke and my backpack.

I carried my Pineapple Sunday on a plane in a hard case. I put it in the overhead bin. It wasn't a problem at all.

And I still had a carry on and a personal item. Instruments are allowed to be brought on board in addition to them.

Helms
11-08-2013, 11:03 PM
Earlier this year, I had to take my 1700$ Kanile'a with me on the plane back to Denmark.
It was very hard to sit there for 12 hours and try not to think about how the ukulele might be doing.
... and I would never do it again. (Unless I wen't to US and bought another expensive uke of course :))

Although nothing happened, I would probably only bring my 'second in command'-uke or whatever uke you want, and leave the favorite home.

tainauke
11-09-2013, 12:42 AM
I went on a trip to Montréal and took with me my Kanile'a. I put it in my Fusion F1 bag in the overhead compartment. Didn't have any problems to go and back... Plus, on the return trip it was in in the train with me for 5 hours.
I was damaged, but the ukulele was cozy and fine in it's bag!!!!!

cigarfan
11-09-2013, 01:27 AM
You should be fine whatever the cost of the uke. A hardshell case is suggested.

I'm confused about your east coast low humidity comment. Seems to me (and I live on the east coast) pretty high generally speaking. Unless you are talking inside a heated home where low humidity is an issue on whatever coast.

mkatz
11-09-2013, 01:35 AM
I have traveled with a Mya-Moe in a gig bag many times without any problems. I put it under the seat in front of me until everybody else has put their belongs in the overhead and then find a nice spot on top.

Mitch

dnewton2
11-09-2013, 01:51 AM
Traveled with my Moore Bettah more than a few times on a plane. I carry a uke on, don't think I would ever check an instrument of any value.

sukie
11-09-2013, 02:44 AM
I have taken my Moore Bettah on a plane a couple of times. I do use a hard case and all went well.

Ukulele Eddie
11-09-2013, 03:02 AM
I might be doing some traveling by plane and I've been thinking about upgrading my KA-TG to something nicer. Would you take your "nice uke" with you when you travel? I'm headed to the east coast where the humidity can get pretty low. As long as I check my luggage, I think can probably carry on the uke and my backpack.

I think it depends to where I'm traveling (extreme temps/humidity or not) and for what reason (while I be able to show off/share my nice Uke or will I be playing by myself in my hotel room).

I met a guy traveling who takes one of his three Moore Beetah's wherever he goes (even though he has 18 uke's) and he travels massively. And thanks to him I have a severe case of MBO (Moore Beetah Obsession).

hibiscus
11-09-2013, 04:41 AM
I wouldn't take my KoAlohas or my Black Bear, but I quite the worry wart!

JulianUker
11-09-2013, 04:49 AM
I travel quite a bit and I take any of my ukes...expensive or not so expensive. I just carry it on. I've never had any issues.

ejhuang
11-09-2013, 05:15 AM
I've carried my Mya-Moe tenor in a Mono M80 about a dozen times without incident. On Southwest I always board as early as possible and place her in the overhead compartment.

janeray1940
11-09-2013, 05:30 AM
I've travelled with both my Kamaka pineapple and concert ukes, always in hardshell cases, always as carry-on. The plane is never what worries me, it's the uke left unattended in the hotel room that I always stress out about, but so far so good.

HBolte
11-09-2013, 06:13 AM
I travel with mine. As long as they are in a hard shell case I don't have any concerns at all.

quiltingshirley
11-09-2013, 06:20 AM
I always travel with my Kamaka Bell shaped ukulele in it's hard case cause it's my easiest ukulele to play. Never had a problem but then it's concert size and not huge.

westcoast
11-09-2013, 06:37 AM
You should be fine whatever the cost of the uke. A hardshell case is suggested.

I'm confused about your east coast low humidity comment. Seems to me (and I live on the east coast) pretty high generally speaking. Unless you are talking inside a heated home where low humidity is an issue on whatever coast.

I mean that I'll be going back and forth for the next few months. When I lived on the east coast a few years ago, in the winter the humidity tended to be pretty low because the heat was on more often. In California this is less of an issue.

Kayak Jim
11-09-2013, 08:15 AM
And I still had a carry on and a personal item. Instruments are allowed to be brought on board in addition to them.

I don't think I would count on that being true with every airline (or perhaps more accurately, every airline gate agent)

ukegirl
11-10-2013, 04:16 AM
Like some other folks I'm a bit of a worrier. I tend to travel with decent quality bulletproof laminated ukes like a kiwaya or moku.

consitter
11-10-2013, 05:05 AM
I don't think I would count on that being true with every airline (or perhaps more accurately, every airline gate agent)

Somebody dig up the thread with the letter from homeland security that states instruments are allowed to be carried aboard in addition to carry on and personal item.

gnordenstam
11-10-2013, 07:42 AM
Here's the link to the TSA information...

http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/musical-instruments

The key statement in their policy is that this is the TSA policy. Each airline has its own policy...

"You may carry one (1) musical instrument in addition to 1 carry-on and 1 personal item through the screening checkpoint. This is a TSA Screening Policy. Airlines may or may not allow the additional carry-on item on their aircraft. Please check with your airline before you arrive at the airport."

wendellfiddler
11-10-2013, 10:02 AM
Here's the link to the TSA information...

http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/musical-instruments

The key statement in their policy is that this is the TSA policy. Each airline has its own policy...

"You may carry one (1) musical instrument in addition to 1 carry-on and 1 personal item through the screening checkpoint. This is a TSA Screening Policy. Airlines may or may not allow the additional carry-on item on their aircraft. Please check with your airline before you arrive at the airport."

Unfortunately it is unpredictable. I had a great deal of trouble getting my tenor uke on as a second, personal item when I boarded an AA plane in Boston. But usually it's not a problem. The unpredictability is a huge problem though, if it results in having to gate check a valuable instrument.

Duk

srpompon
11-18-2013, 03:42 PM
Aloha!

Today i returned from Hawaii to my country.... whit 4 hard cases:

1- ko'olau Custom CS moon spruce
1- Koaloha Pinaple Sunday
1- Koaloha Sceptre 7 points
1- Koaloha D-VI

And check this crasy trip all the 4 ukes go to:

Honolulu -> Maui via Island Air (very funy small airplane) 40 mins.
Maui -> L.A. via AA (5 hours)
L.A. -> Lima (Peru) via LAN Air (8 hours)
Lima (Peru) -> Buenos Aires (Argentina) via LAN AIR (6 hours)

the 4 ukes arrive ok!

tomorrow i put a full post w photos about my uke trip.

Sr. Pompon

BIGDB
11-18-2013, 06:38 PM
I'm going to Chicago and I'm definitely gonna bring my Kanilea (worth 1700) with. I'm the kind of person that only plays one uke so I like to bring it everywhere I go

dalamaricus
11-18-2013, 07:20 PM
Today i returned from Hawaii to my country.... whit 4 hard cases:

1- ko'olau Custom CS moon spruce
1- Koaloha Pinaple Sunday
1- Koaloha Sceptre 7 points
1- Koaloha D-VI


Wow, that's an impressive set of ukes. And a lot of flights! Looking forward to your trip report.

Ken Middleton
11-18-2013, 08:45 PM
Many people buy a new car, costing many thousand of dollars, and don't think twice about travelling with it. It is far more risky parking your car in a supermarket car park than taking your new uke on an airplane. If you buy a nice uke, my suggestion is to use it.

Hippie Dribble
11-18-2013, 08:47 PM
Many people buy a new car, costing many thousand of dollars, and don't think twice about travelling with it. It is far more risky parking your car in a supermarket car park than taking your new uke on an airplane. If you buy a nice uke, my suggestion is to use it.

Amen brother!!!!! :old:

consitter
11-18-2013, 09:05 PM
Unfortunately it is unpredictable. I had a great deal of trouble getting my tenor uke on as a second, personal item when I boarded an AA plane in Boston. But usually it's not a problem. The unpredictability is a huge problem though, if it results in having to gate check a valuable instrument.

Duk

Seems like most that have problems are on AA. I've flown Delta, and have never had that problem, even on their smallest planes. They are very courteous about, even helpful.

The ONLY problem I've ever had, believe it or not, was at Honolulu airport, where some guy was making people put all carry-ons into a frame that was the actual allowed measurements of carry-ons. This was in the line that was checking luggage, before you went through TSA checkpoint. He looked at my uke and said "Too long. Must check." I said, "No, I will not check it. If TSA has a problem, I'll bring it back." He didn't like what I said, but he didn't press the issue.

Steveperrywriter
11-18-2013, 09:32 PM
I wouldn't want to be forced into a gate check with my uke or guitar in a gig bag. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, that means as bulletproof a case as I could afford, come the trip on the big metal bird with an expensive instrument.

Or get rich and buy my machete its own seat ...

Steve

Gerald Ross
11-19-2013, 01:39 AM
I fly mostly Southwest Air, occasionally Delta. I've never had a problem bringing a uke aboard and storing it in the overhead. I use a Reunion Blues Tenor case and have no fears traveling with a Talsma or Mya-Moe uke. I do however put some foam rubber around the headstock and neck to help with stabilization just in case my luck runs out and am forced to gate check the instrument. I've never had to gate check.

If the airline smashes my instrument? I have professional level insurance on all my instruments. Full replacement value. Note: Your homeowners policy does not cover your instruments when you travel.

Freeda
11-19-2013, 02:00 AM
I have never had a single problem bringing a uke as carryon and stowing it under the seat in front of me. I usually fly AA or Delta. I've brought sizes from soprano to tenor.

This AA last trip they even offered to put it in the flight attendants closet in case there wasn't enough room.

These days they are boarding those with only one carryon first, so I don't carry anything but my uke. I get on then and get situated!