A ‘holiday expert’ has explained how you can avoid paying for extra baggage and fit your oversized bag onto the plane.
Frequent flyer Chelsea claimed the trick worked on budget airlines such as Wizz Air, Ryanair and easyJet.
Sharing the clever technique on her Instagram account, she showed her 215,000 followers ‘How to Get a Bag Too Big on Budget Airlines’.
Chelsea demonstrated how she managed to board a Wizz Air flight, despite carrying an indiscreet, oversized red bag.
A professional traveler has explained how holidaymakers can avoid extra booking fees and slip an oversized bag onto a Wizz Air flight.
The professional traveler claimed the trick also worked on other budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet.
She began by asking her followers to prepare for the trip ahead and told them to take out any jackets or “anything bulky” from their bags.
She added: “Do you have another bag? Put it away now, you don’t want to give the door staff a reason to stop you, so follow as many other rules as possible.
Once the travelers hid their luggage, she told them to head to the gate to board the plane.
She said: “I like to join the queue towards the back, but not all the way to the back.
“It’s all about being at a stage where they want to rush you, but there are still people who have to get behind you.
“Basically, you don’t want to give them too much time to really understand what’s going on.”
She also urged her supporters to act with caution in the meantime. She said that although they had to stay out of sight of door staff, they should act “as normally as possible” and try not to attract suspicion.
The pro-traveler told her supporters they should have their passports and boarding passes handy.
Once ready to board, she said, “Smile, be kind, and help the person do their job quickly.”
In the captions, she claimed the trick worked on budget airlines where you only got a “small cabin bag” for free.
According to the Wizz Air website, passengers are allowed one carry-on bag measuring 40cm x 30cm x 20cm.
Similarly, Ryanair only allows cabin baggage measuring 40 x 25 x 20 cm and Easy Jet has a similar allowance of 45 x 36 x 20 cm.
However, Chelsea claimed that the bag in the video exceeded this limit and that her other trusted Patagonia bag sizes were 53 x 35 x 27 cm.
Since posting, the video has gained nearly 47,000 likes and sparked debate in the comments section.
According to Chelsea, her trusted carry-on exceeds the limits of many budget airlines, but she managed to get through security by following simple steps.
Some agreed with Chelsea, saying airlines often overlook this slightly broken rule.
One person wrote: “They literally don’t care if it’s a slightly larger backpack, they just come after you if you bring a suitcase and don’t charge for it.” »
Some even added their own techniques, with one person writing: “I’m also trying to act like it’s really light.” »
However, others were not impressed and, although this trick worked for Chelsea, claimed they would rather pay the extra rescheduling fee.
One person wrote: “Imagine if everyone did this and there was no room for anyone’s bags in the overhead bins?
Another added: “You have no idea how much time the crew can waste resolving boarding issues like baggage size etc.”
And a third person joked: “Or pay £20 for hand luggage.”