there is nothing worse than flying with a bass! I had to do it yesterday, and not only did TSA open my trunk, they also felt compelled to open the CASE. Of course they didn't know how to do it, so the guy doing the bomb paper test thing leans over my covered bass which was laying down in the open trunk, trying to figure out how to open the case, and proceeds to extend his hand down, place it on the tailpiece, and lean his full weight on it looking for the zipper to open the case. I was H-O-R-R-I-F-I-E-D. I stood behind the "line" screaming at him. Why don't these idiots have any idea what they're doing? Why aren't there any rules allowing musicians to properly secure their instruments in their flight cases?? Fortunately my bass was ok, but the entire process was traumatizing. They didn't know what they were doing at all, and I had to stand there and watch, trying to tell them what to do, while they're looking at me like I'm a crazy terrorist. I also couldn't pack the bass back up, and of course they didn't secure it properly, and locked one of the locks (it's a gage case) and handed me the key. I had to tell them to go back and get ALL of them about three times before those lazy bastards did.