Any person who has ever flown knows how frustrating it can be to check your baggage at the airport only to find that it's over the allowed weight and you have to pay a hefty fee. While some people will hurriedly try to distribute the excess items into other bags to avoid paying, one woman decided to take a completely different approach to avoid those pesky fees.
In a move reminiscent of that Friends episode where Joey wore all of Chandler's clothes, Natalie Wynn decided to take layering to the next level and wear the clothes that were causing her suitcase to be overweight instead of paying the fee. The 30-year-old mother of five told The Sun that the fee for her suitcase, which was over 3 kg over the weight limit, would have been roughly the equivalent of $85. Instead of paying the fee Wynn decided she would "wear" almost half the items she had packed in her suitcase.
"It was nearly 4 kg over, but they wanted to charge us €75 each just to get it on the plane," she explained to The Sun. "Because I had booked an all-inclusive holiday so was getting all my food and drink, I didn't plan on bringing much money with me. I think I only had about €69 in my account just to bring with me on holiday," she said, before explaining why she decided to wear almost half her suitcase. "I didn't want to be using the little amount I had just so I could get my bag on the plane. I literally said, 'I'm not paying it', and started putting my clothes on."
Although it definitely wasn't comfortable, with Wynn admitting that she was "boiling" wearing all those excess clothes, her system worked. Wynn donned four skirts, two pairs of shorts, two pairs of shoes, a cardigan and other clothing she tied on and shoved down the clothes she was wearing to avoid the fee.
"It definitely worked. Normally I check the weight of the baggage but I did the online check in for me and my friend, but we got to the counter and they just stopped me," she explained.
Although many other passengers offered to bring Wynn's items on the plane for her in their own suitcases, the airline advised them this wasn't allowed. She was allowed to take the layers of clothing off once she boarded the plane and re-pack them in her bag. "I felt like I was going to pass out because it was so warm. As soon as I got on the plane, I took it all off and put it back in my case," she said.
She also said that while she was prepared for negative reactions from the public, everyone was supportive and laughed when she was finally able to get rid of her extra layers. Fortunately, Thomas Cook Airlines had a sense of humor about the entire situation as well and even applauded Wynn for her quick thinking. They even announced the airline has made a change in their carry-on baggage policy.
“Natalie’s ingenuity here is noted," a spokesperson for the airline said. "The good news for Natalie and the rest of our customers, is that later this month we are increasing our hand baggage allowance to 8kg."