Southwest Airlines gives out ukuleles on a flight: Behind the polarizing promotion

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Southwest Airlines gave out free ukuleles and lessons from Guitar Center on a flight between Long Beach and Honolulu on Sept. 16.

Have you ever wanted to take a ukulele lesson on an airplane?

Somehow, that’s the question dividing the internet this week.

(Side note: read to the end for info about how to potentially get two free Southwest Airlines tickets.)

On Sept. 16, every passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach, California to Honolulu got a free ukulele and an inflight lesson. They were also treated – or maybe subjected – to a short performance by Aryyzona, a Los Angeles-based musician and social media influencer.

The airline posted about the flight on its social media platforms Tuesday, and the response was immediate and polarized.



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