Before you guys rag on me for taking a "guitar(??!!)" on this vacation, it was the only instrument that would fit the requirements mandated by the Transportation Security Authority(TSA). Plus, I love my P-Bass, and I wouldn't let that thing outta my sight with strangers around. An Ibanez guitar, easier to replace. It was going to be rainy weather, I would go insane without something to do. Anyhow: To Whom it may concern, Prior to flying, I inquired about transporting a musical instrument. (electric guitar) I was informed that the instrument had to be checked baggage, it being too large for carry on. It is a valuable guitar, so I purchased (at the recommendation of your very own TSA) the appropriate TSA approved lock for the guitar case. Under the care of your baggage handlers, the guitar case was ripped at the lock loop on the flight from DTW to RDU, and further damaged on the return trip from RDU to DTW. My TSA lock was also missing(after the return flight). Despite my informing the clerks at both terminals to and from that the locks were TSA approved. The clerks acknowledged my note of that fact. The guitar case I am talking about is top of the line, built especially for airline and ground transport. The case is professional grade and made of hard plastic that is very difficult to damage, and very expensive to replace. I have owned this instrument and its original case for over 10 years. One flight with your airline has damaged this case beyond repair, and destroyed any security function it had. If the delays (at both terminals) for the flights had been all that was wrong, I would be a little less enraged. But the seemingly blatant destruction of my property in your care is almost intentional it seems. In spite of the fact that I adapted to your rules for checked baggage, and complied with the regulations, your airline mandated. I expect (***)Airlines to compensate me for the replacement of me guitar case with an exact duplicate, and also compensate me for the missing TSA approved baggage lock. I will be happy to provide competitive pricing for both. P. Aaron (the return flight was delayed 4.5 hours!) Then I read this today: http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/9/10/145228.shtml I was compensated for the damage. I just hated breaking up an original guitar and its case. It was a mint package. The case, after over 10 years, still had that "new" smell. Any flight I take in the future, I will use a gig bag and carry the instrument on.