Before 9/11, I used to fly with my bass quite frequently, and typically just carried it on and put it in the overhead compartment. I once tried checking it as luggage in an ATA flight case, but American Airlines charged me $50 saying it was oversized luggage. Several times in the past, the attendants would grumble about it, but permit me to take it on anyway. In know that things have gotten much stricter since 9/11. Anyway, I'm going to start traveling again soon, and I was wondering about the experience of others since 9/11 in trying to take their gig bags on the plane as carry-ons.