Ok, i know this must have been done a thousand+ times already, but i just want to check in on what the best method of taking an exspensive bass on a plane... here is the situation: Tomorrow i'm leaving for Florida for a month long visit and i am flying on South West Airlines into Tampa International. Since i'll be gone for a month i would want to take my bass with me so i can still practice daily. I have heard horror stories of people checking their basses under the plane in flight casses and never seeing/getting a busted bass in return. I do have a non flight grade standard non fitted hardshell case which i plan on stuffing with soft towells to make it a form fitted as possible. I was thinking that i should be able to take it on as carry on and stow it in the closet if there is one, does that sound like a reasonable idea? I have tried to call customer relations but i never get through and their office is closed now till 9am eastern time. is there anyone out there who works for an airline or has flown with their bass as a carry on? Please give me what ever information you can. By the way, the dimensions of the hardcase are 49" tallx16"widex4"deep. i appreciate any ideas or thoughts.