How to travel with extra baggage

LUCY CORMACK
Last updated 13:17 13/08/2014
Reddit user: Stou
Reddit/Stou
BAGGAGE TACTICS: Two travellers who wore layers of their clothing in the air to avoid excess baggage costs.

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Airline baggage limits can be a burden for jetsetters, but two travellers en route to Singapore from Sydney had a quick fix to avoid paying for an overweight bag.

Facing a $130 fee for exceeding the weight limit, the pair from San Francisco layered themselves in as many of their clothes as possible.

A photo of the two was posted on Reddit by the user 'stou' who was also travelling on the flight.

"These two guys were flying to Singapore from Sydney and their carryon was over the "free" weight limit so the airline, Scoot, wanted to charge them $130," the post read.

"Apparently when they started putting on the clothes the airline agent told them something along the lines of 'I am going to come to the gate and make sure you are still wearing everything'."

The strategy appeared to work for the two, but budget airline Scoot told Daily Mail Australia the baggage policy was at the discretion of ground staff at the time.

Scoot allows for 20kg of checked baggage, up to 10kg of carry-on baggage in economy class and up to 15kg of carry-on in ScootBiz class.

On the initial Reddit post one user said he had been successful with the same tactic.

"This happened to me at CDG in Paris. I was over by a few pounds on my carry-on (yes they weigh it) so I started taking stuff out and putting them on. I even asked the lady if that was okay and she didn't care as long as it wasn't in the carryon bag. After I was under weight she gave me my ticket and I walked 10ft away and put everything back in my bag [sic]."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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