I know there are several threads on how to travel with your bass if you're flying. I just finished reading them. That being said, I most of these threads are at least a year old. I wanted to find out if anyone has experienced any significant changes in security or having different airlines allow you to carry your bass with you on board or check it in. I plan to travel with my bass in April (from Florida to NC), and begin to make this trip with my bass in tow every 3 months or so. This will be my first time flying with my bass since 9/11, so I wanted to find out if most of the things posted before still apply: 1) Carry-on in a gig bag is best unless you have an ATA Flight case (which I don't) 2)Make sure your gig bag really looks like a "guitar" gig bag 3)Carry some AFM letter that is out there, which explains how people are allowed to carry musical instruments with them on the plane. (I looked at all previous links posted and they were dead.) As of this moment, I only have a hard case for my bass. I would like to carry my bass on board with me. I will probably end up buying a good gig bag, but what if I get to the check-in counter with my bass in a gig bag and they tell me I have to check it in? That's my biggest fear. At that point, I wouldn't be able to turn around, go home and get my hard case. I guess I could always bring it with me and leave it in the car, but I'm just trying to avoid having this trip, as well as subsequent trips, be a hassle. Any advise is greatly appreciated.