Air travel comes with its fair share of annoyances, including pesky baggage fees. They can really add up, and before you know it, your seemingly affordable flight has really burned a hole in your wallet. One man came up with a clever hack for avoiding RyanAir’s new carry-on bag fee — but it took a considerable amount of work.
RyanAir customer Lee Cimino was dismayed to learn that, under a new policy, non-priority customers on the discount carrier must now pay 6 to 8 pounds, or $7.88 and $10.51, each way if they want to bring a roller bag on the flight as a carry-on. So instead of packing his clothes in a bag, he decided to sew them all into his coat so he could travel bag-free.
He was nervous that he may not be able to pull off the stunt, saying to the camera for his video of his sly travel hack, “This is never going to work.” In the end, though, he was pleasantly surprised when he got away with it. Cimino posted a video of his adventure to Facebook that has since gone viral. It even shows him handing the packed coat to a flight attendant to be placed in the overhead bin after he’d found his seat:
Wow! His video, entitled “How to beat Ryanair baggage charges,” even notes that the airline employees seem to be thoroughly checking out each passenger. But he gets through just fine.
After a triumphant shot showing that he made it, the video goes back and shows how he came up with the idea and enlisted the help of a tailor to help him execute it. The video even shows Cimino packing for the trip, dropping a few items into the huge pockets the tailor had made out of old boxer shorts inside of his baggy coat.
“This is for you if you’ve ever been frustrated by Ryanair,” he wrote in the caption. “This is how you get around the new baggage charges every time. It might even make you smile.”
It seems Cimino’s video did indeed make a lot of people smile, as it now has nearly 300,000 views.
But it turns out that carrying on all of your clothes by carrying them on you might not be the best idea. Last winter, a traveler tried to board a plane wearing 10 shirts and eight pairs of pants. The man said he couldn’t afford a steep excess-baggage fee with British Airways, so he just wore everything, but the airline wouldn’t let him fly with his sweaters layered around his neck.
So, while Cimino’s custom-built jacket was kind of genius, it might be best to just stick to your usual best practices for traveling light instead.