A passenger dodged the $85 baggage charge by wearing nearly 4kg of her own clothes – just like Joey from Friends.
Natalie Wynn, 30, was stopped while boarding the Thomas Cook flight when a security officer weighed her 9.4kg case and told her it was too heavy to be taken into the cabin as the limit was 6kg.
She claims she piled on 7 dresses, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of shorts, a skirt and a cardigan.
Administrative officer Natalie claims she was “boiling” as she boarded the Manchester flight to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands dressed in nearly half of the clothes she had packed.
The mum-of-five claims other passengers laughed and even offered to pack some of her clothes in their cases when they saw how she was planning to avoid the extra fare.
Once on the plane, Natalie asked a steward if she was allowed to take the clothes off before returning them to her suitcase.
Even Thomas Cook themselves praised Natalie’s ingenuity and compared her ploy to the episode of Friends in which Joey wears Chandler’s whole wardrobe.
Natalie, from Oldham in 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. 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.
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.