Just got to my parents' house tonite. I evacuated New Orleans on Saturday nite when the mayor declared the mandatory evacuation. I left my upright, because the ac is broken in my car and I thought it would be in better shape if I left it there. I'm sure its now underwater. I brought my pedulla with me. Drove to Texas, stayed in a hotel for a couple nites and just flew up to New York from Houston. Continental wouldn't let me carry on my bass, and I checked it at the gate. When I got it back there was a hole in the side of the hardcase, no kidding, a hole. I covered the thing in "fragile, do not drop" stickers. Anyway they said they would pay to have the case repaired but that they aren't liable for musical instruments. So now I'm gonna go tune up the bass and see if there's anything wrong with it, its not ostensibly damaged but I'm thinking it was tossed around pretty ferociously. What's going on in New Orleans is a terrible disaster, on a scale never seen in this country before. People are losing their lives and homes and I realize my problems are small cookies. Anyway, I wish the best of luck to anyone still in the region trying to get through this thing. How do you guys fly with your electrics? Do you normally check it?