Everyone dreads overweight baggage fees on flights, but few will go to the extreme lengths that this woman did to avoid them. When her airline tried to make her pay $85 for a bag that was overweight by 8.81 lbs, 30-year-old Natalie Wynn decided to exploit a pretty ingenious loophole. She started pulling clothes out of her bag and wearing them. She told The Sun, “I didn’t want to be using the little amount [of money] 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.”
By the time she boarded the plane, she was wearing seven dresses, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of shorts, a skirt, and a cardigan. Although she claimed other passengers laughed at her, they also reportedly offered to store some of her clothes in their own bags. Luckily, a flight attendant allowed her to re-pack some of her clothes into her carry-on bag. “I felt like I was going to pass out because it was so warm,” she said.
Since Wynn had booked an all-inclusive vacation, she hadn’t brought enough money with her to cover the baggage fee, so donning a ridiculous amount of clothes was her only option. Despite the hassle, however, she insists it was worth it.
“Saving £75 definitely put me in a good mood for the holiday,” she said. “Everyone’s reaction to it being done put me in a good mood as well.”
Even the airline was impressed by her creativity. Thomas Cook Airlines told PEOPLE, “Natalie’s ingenuity here is noted! 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 (17.6 lbs). This will hopefully help her travel a little less like Joey from Friends next time.”