It’s no secret that excess baggage fees at airports are ridiculous, and some people would go to extreme lengths to avoid them. Many simply pack economically and ensure they’re under the allotted weight limit, but others take things to the next level. Travel journalist Rebecca Andrews, for example, faked a pregnancy belly to sneak on clothes and a laptop charger that couldn’t fit in her bag.
She told CNN Travel, “I have a small frame and decided pretending to be preggo was the most believable route to a successful hack. But in all seriousness, I think it is the laziest idea I have ever had — a woman’s body can create human life, so exploiting this unique ability we have to save myself $60 was just obvious. It’s quite an uncreative hack, really.”
Indeed, she’s admitted to faking pregnancy before, and even double and triple layering clothes.
In addition to the pregnancy bump, she slid her laptop down the back of her jumpsuit and covered it with several layers of clothing. She didn’t get off scot-free, however, as an air steward noticed the protruding laptop and fined Andrews $60 for the overweight carry-on. It doesn’t sound as though Andrews has any regrets, however.
“I felt like a badass,” she said. “A hot pregnant badass.”