Passengers received free ukuleles last Friday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach to Honolulu

What Hell Probably Looks Like! Southwest mocked after giving ukulele to passengers on flight

The world’s first ukulele lesson at 30,000 feet took place last Friday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach to Honolulu.

Sadly, the class was not well received on social media, with one user even suggesting that a war crimes trial would be appropriate for whoever approved of the idea of ​​handing out free ukuleles to passengers.

The project was a collaboration between Southwest and instrument retailer Guitar Center. The organizers called it the “first flying ukulele lesson”. Passengers were taught to play ‘Hello, Aloha’. How are you?’ In its whole.

The flight time between Long Beach and Honolulu is five hours and 50 minutes. There are 175 passengers on board for the lesson.

The idea of ​​being on the flight was enough to create a Twitter firestorm. Tom Nichols of The Atlantic tweeted, “I’m a huge fan of Southwest, but this could have made me a homicide.”

Passengers received free ukuleles last Friday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach to Honolulu

This is one of many viral responses the promotion received.

This is one of many viral responses the promotion received.

In a press release, Southwest Airlines said it was happy to join in the celebration of Hawaiian culture and said that

In a press release, Southwest Airlines said it was happy to join in the celebration of Hawaiian culture, saying it “underscores our daily commitment to serving and celebrating the spirit of Aloha.”

User Omri Ceren tweeted: “This is why The Hague exists,” referring to the war crimes trials taking place in the Dutch city.

Someone else broached that topic, tweeting about the giveaway: “This is a violation of the Geneva Convention.”

Another person wrote: ‘What if you didn’t want to hear a cacophony of ukuleles? What if you just wanted to sit quietly for the entire flight and watch TV or read, like on a regular flight?’

The promo apparently backfired with Southwest being roasted on Twitter

The promo apparently backfired with Southwest being roasted on Twitter

One Twitter user said that those behind the promotion deserved to be tried for war crimes.

One Twitter user said that those behind the promotion deserved to be tried for war crimes.

The promotion prompted one person to suggest an alternative method of transportation

The promotion prompted one person to suggest an alternative method of transportation

The ukuleles that were delivered by Southwest and Guitar Center are worth $60

The ukuleles that were delivered by Southwest and Guitar Center are worth $60

There is an ongoing collaboration between Southwest and Guitar Center where customers of the music store can win a trip to Hawaii.

There is an ongoing collaboration between Southwest and Guitar Center where customers of the music store can win a trip to Hawaii.

Amtrak even got in on the fun, posting a photo of Southwest passengers with the caption: ‘By the way, we have a quiet car.’

While another said: ‘Stuck thousands of feet in the air with 180 people strumming ukuleles they don’t know how to play sounds like the opposite of ‘fun’…’

A user named Howiszhu tweeted: “I’d be on the no-fly list if this happened to me.”

One passenger on board tweeted: “My flight was supposed to leave 20 minutes ago and a Southwest employee just brought out a ukulele to entertain us.”

Some people took it more seriously, with one person tweeting: ‘Harassed an entire flight for a promotional association?!

They continued: “As someone with noise-related sensory processing issues, I would have literally doubled over in my seat, arms over my head, sobbing and having a panic attack.”

Another wrote on Twitter: ‘I AM a music teacher and would oppose this. As much as I would personally like a free ukulele, I don’t think other people should submit to that against their will.

A passenger who was on board tweeted:

One passenger on board tweeted: “My flight was supposed to leave 20 minutes ago and a Southwest employee just brought out a ukulele to entertain us.”

The lesson took place after the beverage service passed through the cabin.

The lesson took place after the beverage service passed through the cabin.

The ukuleles given to passengers retail for $60, according to the Guitar Center website.

The ukuleles given to passengers retail for $60, according to the Guitar Center website.

Although the video shows that most of the passengers seem to be enjoying the lessons, except for a few masked individuals who are not playing the little guitars.

Although the video shows that most of the passengers seem to be enjoying the lessons, except for a few masked individuals who are not playing the little guitars.

At least one person didn’t think it was such a bad idea. The user, Joseph_Joe_M, said: ‘I’ve never heard a bunch of fun-less whiners in my life. This is a great idea and if you can’t take 20 minutes of ukulele practice without it threatening your mind, maybe you should try swimming to Hawaii next time if you need that much peace of mind.’

Southwest responded to the negative response by saying on Twitter, “Don’t worry, everyone put their ukuleles away after 20 minutes because they’ve mastered how to play.”

Although the video shows that most of the passengers seem to be enjoying the lessons, except for a few masked individuals who are not playing the little guitars.

The group’s teacher, Alexandra Windsor, an educational affairs specialist for Guitar Center Lessons, told KTLA: ‘I have taught students through Guitar Center Lessons since 2014, but never on a plane. It was inspiring to see how quickly passengers of all ages took to the ukulele, many with no musical training.”

The lesson took place after the beverage service passed through the cabin.

The ukuleles given to passengers retail for $60, according to the Guitar Center website. They were also given a free case to keep their new gifts safe.

Windsor told KTLA, “The ukulele is the perfect instrument for beginners, and it shows how fun and easy learning something new can be.”

She was joined on the flight by two other teachers from Hawaii, Ryan Miyashiro and Ryan Imata.

In a press release, Southwest Airlines said it was happy to join in the celebration of Hawaiian culture, saying it “underscores our daily commitment to serve and celebrate the spirit of Aloha.”

Southwest posted a photo of the passengers on Twitter, adding, “When they arrived in Honolulu, they were professionals.”

There is an ongoing collaboration between Southwest and Guitar Center where customers of the music store can win a trip to Hawaii. You can enter here. The deadline is September 30.

Portuguese immigrant Joao Fernández brought the ukulele to Hawaii in the late 19th century. In his native land, the little guitar is known as branguinha.

The instrument took off among the locals on the island where it was renamed the ukulele, which translates to ‘jumping flea’.

In 1961, the instrument was brought to the world when Elvis Presley played it during the movie Blue Hawaii.

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