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Original Post By: RodMon Date: 4/1/2017 11:57:41 AM
Flying back to Kona for the first time in too long. Has anyone had recent problems with being allowed to carry on their ukuleles? Soprano or Tenor? I never had difficulty boarding with my ukes before but times are changing.
Posted By: Tonya Date: 4/3/2017 12:12:22 AM   (Updated: 4/3/2017 12:14:20 AM)
Nope, but the Kona TSA folks were really puzzled with my Oasis humidifier in my tenor's soundhole (in the case). It had, (oh, no!) *moisture* in it so it triggered a detailed inspection by hand (and I have TSA Pre...). They said they'd never seen anything like that...and it held me up for 10 minutes. They wouldn't let me touch the humidifier to remove it from between the strings and I was a bit concerned as I watched them try to not-so-deftlymaneuver it from between them.

Since then, I've always removed the humidifier and put it in my checked baggage, replacing it in the sound hole when I arrive at my destination.

As far as tenor size, I took back *two* from the Kona airport last time I flew out of there and, at the switchover at HNL to the mainland flight, the gate agent even let me board before my boarding slot so I could stow both in the overhead bins.

That said, I always use a hardshell case (Oasis wooden) and I smile a lot at the flight attendants while boarding, just in case I might need to ask their help in finding a "good" place for the case if the overhead is full.

My experience is only re: Hawaiian Airlines. YMMV!
Posted By: RodMon Date: 4/9/2017 11:35:25 AM   (Updated: 4/9/2017 11:36:58 AM)
Hi Tonya,

Thank you for boosting my confidence. We'll see how cooperative United can be.
Posted By: EmStehle Date: 4/29/2017 5:54:28 PM
I flew back to US from Thailand on both an international and domestic flight and carried a uke in its cloth gig bag inside my carry-on backpack. The neck stuck out but no issues from anyone.

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