This is the reason why I hand carry my bass. Poor Dave Carroll. I know how he feels. Actually every musician knows how he feels.
In fact, when I accidentally bumped my bass into a mic stand it hurt my feelings. I’d hate to see someone tossing around my bass like it was a toy like they did with Dave’s guitar.
Do airlines still allow you to carry on your instruments? How do you travel with your instrument?
I just saw this on the internet: http://www.casextreme.com/
The Case Xtreme looks like a better option than the steel/aluminum cases.
Actually, you are allowed to bring your instrument in the main passenger area.