Security personnel at the gate told her that her luggage was 4kgs over the 6kg-per passenger limit set by the airline so she decided to put it all on!
A woman who was heading for a trip on Thomas Cook flight managed to avoid the £65 baggage charge by putting on half her luggage before boarding the flight. 30-year-old Natalie Wynn was heading to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands from Manchester. The mum of five was excited to be heading off on her all-inclusive trip and had packed a large bag. But when she got to the airport, the security personnel at the gate told her that her luggage was 4kgs over the 6kg-per passenger limit set by the airline.
So she did what any desperate traveler does. Natalie decided to don her clothes in a bid to reduce the baggage weight. After being stopped at the gate for her overweight baggage, Natalie and a friend that she was traveling with unpacked their bags and WORE their clothes onto the flight instead of paying the extra fee for it. The 30-year-old administrative officer did not want to be defeated by the fee, so she pulled a Joey Tribiani.
Speaking to news outlets, the mother of five from Oldham, Greater Manchester, said: "I was boiling, absolutely boiling. I still had plenty in my case but I put near enough half of what I've put on. I put on four dresses, two pairs of shorts, I tied a dress around my neck, put a skirt on, I shoved two dresses down the dresses I had on, and two pairs of shoes as well, and a cardigan."
People who witnessed this also offered Natalie space in their own cases but were not allowed to take on her clothes by the flight personnel itself. But at the end of it, Natalie was allowed to board the flight in her heavy apparel and was boiling by the time she got in the airplane. Thankfully, a steward told her that she could take off her excess clothes and pack it into her suitcase.
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She said: "It definitely worked. Normally I check the weight of the baggage but I did the online check in for me and my friend, but we got to the counter and they just stopped me. It was nearly 4kg over, but they wanted to charge us £65 each just to get it on the plane. Because I had booked an all-inclusive holiday so was getting all my food and drink, I didn't plan on bringing much money with me. I think I only had about £60 in my account just to bring with me on holiday. I didn't want to be using the little amount I had just so I could get my bag on the plane. I literally said, 'I'm not paying it', and started putting my clothes on."
As per Thomas Cook's guidelines, adults are allowed one piece of hand baggage which is free of charge. However, it is required to weigh up to 6kgs."Saving £65 definitely put me in a good mood for the holiday. Everyone's reaction to it being done put me in a good mood as well," Natalie added. "I was worried I would get a negative reaction to it - people saying it was my own fault, but not one person said anything even at the airport. It set up a good start to the holiday anyway."
Her ingenuity was also noted by Thomas Cook Airlines, and they even compared the situation to an episode in 'Friends' in which Joey Tribiani puts on layers and layers of clothes. A spokesperson for the airlines said: "Natalie's ingenuity here is noted! The good news for Natalie and the rest of our customers is that later this month we are increasing our hand baggage allowance to 8kg. This will hopefully help her travel a little less like Joey from Friends next time..."