Avoid Checking Bags Through Creative Packing

A mildly amusing video explaining “How to take as much as you like in your hand luggage” from Matador Network

via Tyler Cowen

James Joyner
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  1. Brummagem Joe says:

    Not exactly a fashion plate is he?

  2. Mr. Prosser says:

    How long does he hold up the security line when he empties his pockets?

  3. John Burgess says:

    ‘Mildly amusing’ is about right. As I’m no longer a member of the backpacking cohort, his advise is of extremely limited utility.

    Far more useful for me is to put all my small metal objects into the pockets of the coat I have to take off before going through the airport scanners. Too, understand how the screening is supposed to work and just get with the program before you get into line.

    I’ve noticed that some international carriers have weight limits on carry-on luggage as well as size limits. That could defeat the benefits of the video hints.

  4. Contracts says:

    That was the weirdest Southwest Airlines ad yet.

  5. Grewgills says:

    When i first traveled to live in Europe and wanted to bring all of my dive gear I had to take advantage of loop holes to get under weight limits. I had just bought pellet bag weights for my BC pockets and so brought them in my carry on as there were no weight limits for those at the time. I almost lost them at Charles DeGaulle Airport as the security did not know what they were and I didn’t speak enough French to explain. Finally had to mime diving while repeating “Jacque Cousteau”. They finally let me through, but told me that they wouldn’t next time.