Well, it's happened too many times for it not to be a conspiracy. For years and years, I took my bass in a gig bag right onto the plane with me and stuck it in the overhead bin and never got hassled unless the bins were just too small. This year, I have had 5 incidents of being stopped with it. Airports and airlines are disallowing guitars as carry-on. So this means I have to take a bass I didn't want to take on a flight to Houston because it's the only one I own with a hard case rugged enough to handle abuse from airline goons. Sucks. On the other hand, I do like the bass and I haven't played it live in a while. But still...why are they clamping down like that? It sucks. Now I have to buy a hard case for my Fender if I want to take it. Hard cases suck. Gig bags rule.