How to Get an Overweight Bag on an Airplane as Carry-On
Sorry to disappoint you, but this isn’t a post about smuggling large women onto planes so you can avoid buying them a ticket. This is a serious (sort of) tip about cutting down on airline fees, just don’t blame me for any resulting back/shoulder injuries!
A great way to save money while flying is to not check in any bags, but who wants to travel with only 7 kg worth of stuff?
The most important thing is to convince yourself your bag weighs less than 7 kg. If you believe it, so will they. Meditate, watch “How to control your mind” videos and become some sort of mental guru, or just learn to act well. When you are lining up at the ticket counter you should carry your bag on one shoulder. This might hurt your shoulder after a while but it’s the price you’ll have to pay. It’s all about perception, and if someone sees you doing that they automatically think your bag is light.
It’s also important to choose wisely when you start to line up. You need to be a good judge of character and be able to tell if someone is having a bad day. If the airline staff member is angry or frustrated they might not be willing to let you on with your huge bag, and you’ll be forced to pay far more than you would have if you booked baggage online.
So, you’re now at the counter. Smile and be friendly to the airline staff, chances are they won’t weigh your bag, but if they do (and it’s overweight) remain calm and friendly and they’ll usually let you away with it. If all else fails, threaten to go to the bathroom and wear every item of clothing you have and fill your pockets with all your electronics; I’ve never had to take it that far but it’s always an option.
My bag only weighs around 12 kg, but this tip could probably work for much heavier weights. Stay tuned next week when I try to get a 42 inch TV, a microwave and a bag full of metal on a plane as carry-on…