Passengers Surprised With Free Ukuleles And Lesson Aboard Flight To Honolulu [Video]


  • A Southwest Airlines flight to Honolulu, Hawaii surprised passengers with ukuleles and free lessons while onboard.
  • The passengers learned how to play “Hello, Aloha. How are you?” by the time they landed.
  • The surprise was orchestrated by the Guitar Center and Southwest Airlines to make passengers smile.

Here’s something to brag about: learning how to play ukulele upon boarding a plane and playing a piece upon landing.  An awesome feat, right?  

Thanks to the out-of-the-box idea of Southwest Airlines to make passengers smile, their passengers were in for a treat when they boarded their flight to Honolulu.

Flyers from Long Beach, California, were surprised when their seats were already taken by a Road Runner carrying case with a Mitchell MU40 Soprano ukulele inside. 

The Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, provided the ukuleles and free lessons from onboard instructors.

Photo Credit: Guitar Center of Long Beach

The piece to master was “Hello, Aloha. How are you?”- a fitting song to bring out the Hawaiian vibe even before landing.  It was also easy to learn that by the time you’ll touchdown in Hawaii, you’ll be playing it a pro.

So, as the plane was cruising, the passengers were learning the chords.

Alexandra Windsor, the educational specialist for Guitar Center Lessons said, “I’ve taught students through Guitar Center Lessons since 2014, but never in an airplane. It was inspiring to see how quickly passengers of all ages picked up the ukulele – many with no musical background.”

Photo Credit: Guitar Center of Long Beach

Sad to say that not all were able to be lucky passengers on that flight.  But through Ukuleles Take Flight sweepstakes, one winner and a guest can fly round trip on Southwest and bring home two Mitchel MU40 Soprano ukuleles! Take that chance to be a ukulele artist on Southwest.fm/ukuleleflight!

Source: Good News Network


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