Southwest Gave Everyone on a Flight to Honolulu Ukuleles & A Lesson

Southwest Ukuleles Southwest Airlines/Twitter

We’re not sure how we feel about this

There’s nothing quite like boarding a plane and getting excited about an upcoming vacation. Whether or not you anticipate having a silent, relaxing flight or are gearing up for a long trip with kids, no one is expecting an airline to encourage its passengers to get loud.

But that’s exactly what happened on a recent Southwest flight to Honolulu when everyone boarded and saw they had a ukulele on their seats. The airline teamed up with Guitar Center “to surprise a flight full of Customers flying out of Long Beach with a ukulele and a lesson. By the time they arrived in Honolulu they were pros.”

Related: Dear Fellow Passenger: You Are Not Entitled to a Silent Flight

The company shared the fun surprise on Twitter, which was met with equal amounts of people who both loved and hated the idea. Many chose the opportunity to complain about times Southwest had cancelled their flight, but just as many applauded the airline for turning a lengthy flight into something fun.

Apparently, the ukuleles were only out and about for 20 minutes––a statement we aren’t sure is sarcasm or kudos to the claim that Guitar Center can teach anyone how to play in that amount of time.

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Whether or not the surprise resulted in some legit ukulele skills or a cacophony of noise on the flight to Hawaii, we’re guessing parents gave the stunt a thumbs up. Traveling with kids is no joke and the sweet, sweet sounds likely gave parents of young kids some room to breathe since people weren’t focusing on them.

Finally, passengers could point their complaints at the annoying adults on the flight when trying to bust out their own version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” instead of kids just living and breathing.


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