OK this is something that most of us have done to a certain extent, let’s be honest! I recall myself doing various stupidities to avoid this! So this comes to no surprise… A Scottish man decided to skirt an airline’s excess baggage fee by wearing the extra clothing that tipped his suitcases over the limit.
John Irvine of Glasgow was boarding an EasyJet flight from Nice with his family Friday night when he was told his check-in baggage was too heavy. Rather than pay, he opened his bag and began putting on layers—as his amused son, Josh, filmed the incident on Snapchat. “We spent too much on our holiday anyway so he didn’t want to spend anymore,” Josh, 17, told the Mirror.
John, 46, had arrived at the airport in just a t-shirt but was soon bulked up to about 15 layers of t-shirts and sweaters for the flight back to Edinburgh. According to Josh, his father had done some shopping on their trip, leading to the excess weight.
“Suitcase is too heavy so ma da’s just putting all the clothes on,” Josh captioned his first clip. “About 13 t-shirts down the line,” he added, noting that his father was “absolutely b****y roasting.”
Some of Josh’s clothes were in his dad’s suitcase but he was too tickled by the reverse striptease to offer to put extra layers on himself. “I was too busy recording him.”
Eventually, the Irvines made their way to security, but John’s unusual appearance caught the attention of Nice Airport guards. “They told him to take off some tops, and he kept taking them off because they were wondering what he was hiding,” said Josh. When the guards were satisfied John wasn’t a threat, he made his way to the gate with armfuls of shirts, which he brought onto the plane.
John was surprised when Josh told him video of the ordeal had gone viral online. “I showed him and he was a bit mortified to begin with but he saw the funny side, eventually,” Josh told the Mirror. “He laughed it off.”
As airlines tighten fees for excess baggage, travelers are increasingly turning to extreme measures to avoid paying: In April, a woman donned nearly nine pounds of clothes to avoid an $84 surcharge on a Thomas Cook flight from the UK to the Canary Islands.
“I put on four dresses, two pairs of shorts, I tied a dress around my neck, put a skirt on, I shoved two dresses down the dresses I had on, and two pairs of shoes as well, and a cardigan,” said Natalie Wynn.