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    I'm consumed by curiosity. Others must be wondering, too. I recognise your red tuner, but what is that other artifact in the photos? The one that looks like - well, I won't say what it looks like. It must be an item of importance since you have deliberately chosen to include it in the photo.

    You can tell us. We'll be very discreet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Despite of all the good suggestions and advices given, I decided to be a complete idiot and bought a gig bag for its looks rather than functionality. Okay, itís still pretty functional as a gig bag.
    Depending on how concerned you are about getting the uke damaged, you may want to check the airlines' www sites for the exact dimensions of allowed carry ons, either for in the overhead or under the seat. If your uke in the bag exceeds the allowed dimensions, the airline personnel may make you check it and I think it very likely that significant damage would occur if that went into the checked baggage. The personnel may also cut you some slack if it is too large, letting you put it in the overhead or under the seat, but they don't have to.

    A couple of months ago the announcement was made at my gate that the flight was full and they needed 20 volunteers to check their carry ons instead of putting them in the overheads. No one volunteered, so the next announcement was that everyone in Section 6 had to check their carry ons. All of the Section 6 folks had their carry ons taken, tagged, and sent on with the rest of the checked luggage. My guess is that a lot of fragile stuff got busted up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I'm consumed by curiosity. Others must be wondering, too. I recognise your red tuner, but what is that other artifact in the photos? The one that looks like - well, I won't say what it looks like. It must be an item of importance since you have deliberately chosen to include it in the photo.

    You can tell us. We'll be very discreet.

    John Colter.
    I guess.... Nylabone, a dog’s chew toy? My dogs are not the best at putting things away either

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    Be careful of size restrictions for carry on bags. If it were just carrying your uke, it would likely be allowed. If it has a bunch of clothes and other personal items, they may limit you to the 22 inch length restriction.
    Oh, I’m not aware of this. Perhaps I would have to limit it to music related items. It’s definitely on the long side and could exceed by just a tad bit. Thanks for the friendly tip, rainbow21!

    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I'm consumed by curiosity. Others must be wondering, too. I recognise your red tuner, but what is that other artifact in the photos? The one that looks like - well, I won't say what it looks like. It must be an item of importance since you have deliberately chosen to include it in the photo.

    You can tell us. We'll be very discreet.

    John Colter.
    Oh that. It’s my happy toy... Of course not! It’s just one of my fur kid’s chew toys. The whole house is littered with them. They are everywhere and I took these photos even without noticing. Sorry for misleading but it’s not what you think. Lol!

    Quote Originally Posted by tm3 View Post
    Depending on how concerned you are about getting the uke damaged, you may want to check the airlines' www sites for the exact dimensions of allowed carry ons, either for in the overhead or under the seat. If your uke in the bag exceeds the allowed dimensions, the airline personnel may make you check it and I think it very likely that significant damage would occur if that went into the checked baggage. The personnel may also cut you some slack if it is too large, letting you put it in the overhead or under the seat, but they don't have to.

    A couple of months ago the announcement was made at my gate that the flight was full and they needed 20 volunteers to check their carry ons instead of putting them in the overheads. No one volunteered, so the next announcement was that everyone in Section 6 had to check their carry ons. All of the Section 6 folks had their carry ons taken, tagged, and sent on with the rest of the checked luggage. My guess is that a lot of fragile stuff got busted up.
    Wow, that’s unbelievable. The airline crew did the easy way out and pissed everyone in that section. They could nicely sort out the folks with multiple carry ons and the ones exceeded the size limitations. Sometimes I open my overhead storage and it is filled up with supplies, blankets etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrdr View Post
    I guess.... Nylabone, a dog’s chew toy? My dogs are not the best at putting things away either
    Thanks for having my back, ghostrdr! It’s a chew bone toy. They are everywhere to the point I don’t notice them anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I'm consumed by curiosity. Others must be wondering, too. I recognise your red tuner, but what is that other artifact in the photos? The one that looks like - well, I won't say what it looks like. It must be an item of importance since you have deliberately chosen to include it in the photo.

    You can tell us. We'll be very discreet.

    John Colter.
    What? You don't throw in a chew toy to keep your uke occupied during long trips? Mine prefers pigs ears though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    What? You don't throw in a chew toy to keep your uke occupied during long trips? Mine prefers pigs ears though...
    Thanks for the laugh!! Haha!
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    First of all, I most always fly Delta and my checked baggage is free. A lot of people have to pay extra or don't want to check a suitcase, so that isn't an option. But I can stuff a soprano, or even my concert in my checked luggage. I do not think that a ukulele in a hard case and then put into a suitcase and checked is more susceptible to damage than one getting jammed in an overhead bin or kicked around under a seat, not to mention the chances of it getting stepped on, sit on, or stolen during layovers. Also I personally hate flying and the less I have to haul around the less stressed I am about the whole trip. I've done many flights this way and never had damage. But I know that some people can not stand being separated from their ukulele for even a moment, and if that is how they want to travel, so be it. But I don't even think twice about checking it that way.

    Also, horrors of horrors, I've been known to travel without a ukulele. I've found that I can get along without one for short periods of time. Especially if I'm going to be moving around a lot of busy doing other things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    First of all, I most always fly Delta and my checked baggage is free. A lot of people have to pay extra or don't want to check a suitcase, so that isn't an option. But I can stuff a soprano, or even my concert in my checked luggage. I do not think that a ukulele in a hard case and then put into a suitcase and checked is more susceptible to damage than one getting jammed in an overhead bin or kicked around under a seat, not to mention the chances of it getting stepped on, sit on, or stolen during layovers. Also I personally hate flying and the less I have to haul around the less stressed I am about the whole trip. I've done many flights this way and never had damage. But I know that some people can not stand being separated from their ukulele for even a moment, and if that is how they want to travel, so be it. But I don't even think twice about checking it that way.

    Also, horrors of horrors, I've been known to travel without a ukulele. I've found that I can get along without one for short periods of time. Especially if I'm going to be moving around a lot of busy doing other things.
    I’ve been telling myself to do as what you have done, which is working perfectly fine. But I can’t. I know I won’t be able to live with myself even if a hairline crack is made on my uke.

    It was last year I went on a trip after I caught the uke bug. I didn’t bring an uke with me. Bad decision. It took a huge amount of internal conflicts and debates to not buy ukes on impulse while sightseeing. Any random uke I saw, I would want to buy it. I had no sense of judgement or reason. I had the itch bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    First of all, I most always fly Delta and my checked baggage is free. A lot of people have to pay extra or don't want to check a suitcase, so that isn't an option. But I can stuff a soprano, or even my concert in my checked luggage. I do not think that a ukulele in a hard case and then put into a suitcase and checked is more susceptible to damage than one getting jammed in an overhead bin or kicked around under a seat, not to mention the chances of it getting stepped on, sit on, or stolen during layovers. Also I personally hate flying and the less I have to haul around the less stressed I am about the whole trip. I've done many flights this way and never had damage. But I know that some people can not stand being separated from their ukulele for even a moment, and if that is how they want to travel, so be it. But I don't even think twice about checking it that way.

    Also, horrors of horrors, I've been known to travel without a ukulele. I've found that I can get along without one for short periods of time. Especially if I'm going to be moving around a lot of busy doing other things.
    You're missing the very real possibility that your luggage will be lost, and there are limits to the value of any one item that the airline will pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    First of all, I most always fly Delta and my checked baggage is free. A lot of people have to pay extra or don't want to check a suitcase, so that isn't an option. But I can stuff a soprano, or even my concert in my checked luggage. I do not think that a ukulele in a hard case and then put into a suitcase and checked is more susceptible to damage than one getting jammed in an overhead bin or kicked around under a seat, not to mention the chances of it getting stepped on, sit on, or stolen during layovers. Also I personally hate flying and the less I have to haul around the less stressed I am about the whole trip. I've done many flights this way and never had damage. But I know that some people can not stand being separated from their ukulele for even a moment, and if that is how they want to travel, so be it. But I don't even think twice about checking it that way.

    Also, horrors of horrors, I've been known to travel without a ukulele. I've found that I can get along without one for short periods of time. Especially if I'm going to be moving around a lot of busy doing other things.
    I’ve also found it possible to get by without a Uke for a while, when in holiday make space for new and interesting things to enter your life.

    I’m not going to be playing a Uke in the cabin so why not try and keep things simple, and free up resource to have more need things to hand instead, by finding a way to get the Uke safely transported in the hold.

    I’m wondering about soft shell and hard shell suitcases. My suspicion is that a nice enough $100 laminate Soprano inside of a hard shell suitcase packed with soft items around it (so no gig bag or hard case) is most unlikely to come to any harm. If a soft shell suitcase is used then a hard instrument case (protection from external loads) could be a good idea. Life is full of risks, you can’t avoid them all but you can try to manage the odds.

    What’s your experience and thinking?
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 08-12-2019 at 04:01 AM.

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