This past weekend, I visited sunny LA (ok fine, it rained half the time), and I had a lot of stuff to bring for my four day visit. In addition to my my regular clothes, I brought several nice shirts as well as a tuxedo, which I packed carefully in a real ‘suit-case’. When folded the suit doesn’t get all wrinkled, which is pretty sweet.
I flew Virgin America, which is an awesome airline that features live tv, outlets, and unlimited free drinks. The only downside is that they charge $25 for a checked bag.
Not cool, Virgin America. Not cool.
Of course, since I hate spending more money than I need to, I wanted to find a way around checking a bag. You see, there’s a big loophole that most people don’t think about. Most blindly follow the rules without thinking about other options.
Instead of checking my second bag, I wanted to simple have two large carry-ons. While it would be a pain to carry two big bags through the airport, it beats paying $25 for each bag.
But they’ll notice, right? The thing is, who will notice? It won’t be the person at the counter (also, by not checking a bad, you can print your boarding pass at home and save time not sitting in line!).
The TSA agents watching your stuff going through the screener couldn’t care less as long as it fits. They’re not affiliated with the airlines and have no reason to enforce their rules.
The only people who may notice are the flight attendants and even then, only if it doesn’t fit in the overhead bin. By then it will be too late for them to do anything about it.
Let’s pretend a flight attendant said something about it. At best, they could set it aside and put your bag beneath the plane, but they’d never charge you. I’ve flown a lot and seen lots of bags but below the plane, but I’ve never seen or heard of someone being charged for a bag once they got past the security checkpoint.
Readers, would you try this trick? Is this considered stealing something that you should have to pay for?