Flight attendant shares ‘brilliant’ tip for carrying an extra bag without paying baggage fees


A stewardess has offered her still little-known “genius” trick to carrying extra baggage on board without being charged baggage fees.

Miguel Munoz, who has worked in the travel industry for 10 years, said duty-free bags “do not count as hand luggage”.

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The cabin crew member calls it the “duty free hack” which involves stuffing the shopping bag with items that can’t fit in a suitcase or if the hand luggage has exceeded your allowance.

“Now you know. If you ever find yourself in this situation, put everything you need in a duty-free bag. You are welcome,” said Miguel Express.co.uk.

“If you come on board with one piece of luggage, which you are allowed to do, and a duty-free bag with some of your stuff, no one will say anything.”

A stewardess has offered her ‘genius’ trick of carrying extra luggage on board without being charged baggage fees (stock image). Credit: Getty Images

Miguel said you can buy a small item from the duty free store so you can get the bag or just ask for one.

He explained how the method works for him every time he goes on vacation.

“I know the trick because I always do it when I fly as a passenger,” he said.

Additional bag

Miguel said “obviously there is limited space, but at least you bring an extra bag into the cabin with you”.

“When I see people boarding with a duty-free bag that looks very full, I always assume they’re using it for that purpose because it obviously doesn’t just contain one perfume or one bottle of wine,” he said.

“But a lot of crews don’t know that and most won’t realize that.”

Chelsea Dickenson avoided paying for extra luggage after stuffing her neck pillow with clothes. Credit: Chelsea Dickenson

Her ‘revealed’ trick comes just weeks after a seasoned traveler showed how she managed to avoid paying for extra luggage on a flight after sneakily stuffing her neck pillow with more clothes.

Chelsea Dickenson, who was traveling from London to Vienna, shared a TikTok Video of herself removing a memory foam from the pillow before putting as many items in it as possible.

‘Game Changer’

“If it works, it’s going to be a game-changer,” the solo traveler said.

Holding a neck pillow, the traveler removed the memory foam after recently discovering a zipper.

She then stuffed the pillowcase with clothes to free up more room in her carry-on for other items.

After removing the memory foam, she stuffed the neck pillow with her clothes. Credit: Chelsea Dickenson

The pillow was filled with all of her underwear, her leggings, a knitted hat and a t-shirt.

“So I stuffed my neck pillow full of my [clothes] so I don’t have to pay for extra baggage,” she said.

“Look how packed it is, I’ve tightened it up, we’re good to go.”

‘That works’

As she waited at the gate, she suddenly realized she might get caught smuggling extra clothes.

“Okay, let’s see if it works, let’s get in line.” I started carrying it on my shoulder,” she said.

When she handed her ticket to a flight attendant, she was only asked to “lower” her mask to prove her identity.

“I fucked up. I made it, you have to try this,” Chelsea said enthusiastically.


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