Her reason for this was purely economical and unplanned – she booked an all-inclusive vacation and didn’t bring extra money. And so she had to do what she did. 

The need to avoid those extra fees brought out the creativity in 30-year old Natalie Wynn, a flight passenger of Thomas Cook Airlines. She removed some clothes from her suitcase and put them on in order to avoid being charged with the $85 overweight fee.

She told the Sun [1]I didn’t want to be using the little amount [of money] I had just so I could get my bag on the plane, literally said, ‘I’m not paying it’, and started putting my clothes on.”

This led to her wearing up to seven dresses, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of shorts, a skirt and a cardigan. Expectedly, she was warmer than other passengers. “I was boiling, absolutely boiling,” those were her words to describe the experience.

On arriving at her seat, other passengers found it amusing and many couldn’t hide this. However, they offered to pack some of the clothes she had on into their own suitcases. She was allowed to re-pack her clothes into her bag.

“I felt like I was going to pass out because it was so warm,” she said. “As soon as I got on the plane, I took it all off and put it back in my case.

Natalie’s suitcase had a weight of 8.81lbs over the permitted weight according to her. The $85 charge that comes with is more than all she brought for the trip and she had to take matters into her own hands – or more accurately, had to put on the matters.

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,” she said.  “I think I only had about €69 in my account just to bring with me on holiday.

When equipped on whether her unusual plan was successful, this is what she had to say – “Saving £75 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,” Wynn said. “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.

The airline [2] could not help but admire her creativity. In fact, a spokesperson of the airline had these words to say about Natalie when speaking to PEOPLE – “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.”

We also hope Natalie would go for other less warm Friends reenactment in the future.

References :

  1. PACK IT IN! Thomas Cook passenger avoids €75 excess luggage fee by wearing 4kg of clothing at the airport like Joey from Friends, The Irish Sun
  2. Woman Wears 9 Lbs. of Clothing on Plane to Avoid $85 Overweight Baggage Fee, People Magazine
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