A stewardess shares a tip on how to take extra luggage on board


A flight attendant has shared her key tip on how to get to a plane with more luggage than you paid for. Miguel Muñoz, who has been flying for more than a decade, said “duty-free bags don’t count as carry-on baggage,” which most passengers aren’t aware of, according to the Express.

He explained: “If you have something that doesn’t fit in your suitcase or want to take an extra bag on board, here’s the trick. All you have to do is pack a duty-free bag. Or ask for one at the duty-free shop and you put whatever you want in the cart.”

The stewardess said “space is obviously limited, but at least you bring an extra bag into the cabin with you.”

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Budget airlines like easyJet have very strict baggage policies and only allow one small bag, which must fit under the seat, free of charge.

Passengers often have to pay for any additional carry-on or checked baggage.

Miguel explained that this trick can also be used if the checked baggage is too heavy and the airline wants to charge for the extra weight. Travelers can simply remove certain items and take them on board in a duty-free bag.

Miguel said, “Now you know. If you ever find yourself in this situation, put everything you need in a duty-free bag. You’re welcome!”

The flight attendant admitted that he did this every time he went on vacation.

He explained: “I know the trick because I always do it when I fly as a passenger.

“And when I see people getting on board with a duty-free bag that looks VERY full, I always assume they’re using it for that purpose because obviously it doesn’t just contain one flavor or one bottle of wine.

But a lot of crews don’t know that and most won’t.

“If you come on board with one piece of luggage, which you are allowed to do, and a duty-free bag with some of your stuff, no one will say anything.”

Miguel shared another hack to avoid extra baggage fees.

He said: “It’s the one I keep seeing on TikTok and it involves putting the extra clothes in a pillow case and taking them with you on the plane.

“It’s genius. As a crew, I would never suspect a thing.”

However, Miguel said he wouldn’t because he thinks “it’s easier to carry a duty-free bag than a pillowcase through the airport.”

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