What the hell it probably looks like! Southwest is mocked after giving ukuleles to passengers in flight

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

Sadly, the class was not warmly received on social media with one user even suggesting that a war crimes trial would be suitable for anyone who 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 ukulele lesson in flight”. Passengers were taught to play ‘Hello, Aloha. How are you?’ in its entirety.

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 firestorm on Twitter. The Atlantic’s Tom Nichols tweeted: “I’m a huge Southwest fan, but this may have made me a murderer.”

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

This is one of the many viral responses that the promotion has received

This is one of the many viral responses that the promotion has received

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

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

User Omri Ceren tweeted: “That’s why The Hague exists,” a reference to the war crimes trials taking place in the Dutch city.

Someone else addressed that issue, tweeted on the giveaway: “This is a violation of the Geneva Convention.”

Another person wrote: ‘What if I don’t want to hear a ukulele cacophony? What if I just want to sit quietly for the entire flight and watch TV or read, like a normal flight? ‘

The promotion apparently failed with Southwest being roasted on Twitter

The promotion apparently failed with Southwest being roasted on Twitter

A Twitter user claimed that those behind the promotion deserved to be tried for war crimes

A Twitter user claimed that those behind the promotion deserved to be tried for war crimes

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

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

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

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

A partnership is underway between Southwest and Guitar Center in which music store customers can win a trip to Hawaii

A partnership is underway between Southwest and Guitar Center in which music store customers can win a trip to Hawaii

Amtrak also got in on the fun, posting a photo of Southwestern passengers with the caption, “by the way, we have a quiet car.”

While another said: “Trapped thousands of feet in the air with 180 people strumming ukuleles who don’t know how to play sounds like the opposite of” fun “…”

A user named Howiszhu tweeted: “I would be on the list not to fly if this happened to me.”

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

Some people took it more seriously, one person tweeted: “You harassed an entire flight for a promotional partnership ?!

They continued: “As a person with noise-related sensory processing problems, I would literally have been bent double in the seat, my arms over my head, sobbing and having a panic attack.”

Another tweeted: ‘I AM a music teacher and I object to this. as much as I personally would like a free ukulele, I don’t think other people should be subjected to it against their will. ‘

A passenger who was on board tweeted:

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

The lesson took place after the drinks service went into the cabin

The lesson took place after the drinks service went into the cabin

Ukuleles that were given to passengers retailed for $ 60, according to the Guitar Center website

Ukuleles that were given to passengers retailed for $ 60, according to the Guitar Center website

Although the video shows that most of the passengers seem to enjoy the lessons, with the exception of a few masked individuals who do not play guitars

Although the video shows that most of the passengers seem to enjoy the lessons, with the exception of a few masked individuals who do not play guitars

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

Southwest replied to the negative response by saying on Twitter: “Don’t worry, everyone put their ukuleles away 20 minutes after learning to play.”

Although the video shows that most of the passengers seem to enjoy the lessons, with the exception of a few masked individuals who don’t play guitars.

The group’s teacher, Alexandra Windsor, an education specialist for Guitar Center Lessons, told KTLA: “I’ve been teaching students through Guitar Center Lessons since 2014, but never on a plane. It was inspiring to see how quickly passengers of all ages have picked up the ukulele, many without background music. ‘

The lesson took place after the drinks service went into the cabin.

Ukuleles that were given to passengers retailed for $ 60, according to the Guitar Center website. They also received free storage to keep their new gifts safe.

Windsor told KTLA: “The ukulele is the perfect tool for beginners and shows how fun and easy it can be to learn something new.”

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

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

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

A partnership is underway between Southwest and Guitar Center in which music store customers can win a trip to Hawaii. You can enter here. The deadline is September 30th.

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

The instrument took off among the locals on the island where it was renamed ukulele, which translates as “leaping flea”.

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

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