And tourist made an unusual decision to avoid paying for excess baggage before boarding a flight to Bogotá, Colombia, departing from Ezeiza International Airport, Argentina. The episode was witnessed by dozens of passengers and shared by a user on Twitter.
The images were published by Santiago Torre Walsh, better known as ‘Sir Chandler’, an Argentine blogger and youtuber who has been documenting his travels since 2009.
“Passenger is putting on clothes to reduce the weight of the bag at check in. Now in Ezeiza. flight to Bogota”, says the trill.
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In the 20-second video, a man can be seen a few meters from the check-in post.
Apparently, the subject would have provided information about his flight to the airport staff to proceed to migrationsbut at the time of weighing your luggage there was an inconvenience.
Passenger is putting on clothes to reduce the weight of the bag… at the check-in now in Ezeiza. Flight to Bogota pic.twitter.com/eFzGfoShtS
— Sir Chandler Blog (@SirChandlerBlog) June 16, 2022
His suitcase exceeded the weight required by the airline and the only way to get it on the plane was to pay the corresponding surplus. That is why the man, with no intention of paying the fine, he decided to open his briefcase and put on one garment after another to lighten the load.
If only what is seen in the video is taken into account, the tourist came to wear two shirts and at least three pants to his clothing.
However, some Internet users say that “he even kept pairs of socks in his pockets.” Sir Chandler took it for granted and wrote on his blog: “How many times have we seen it already?”
Indeed, it is not the first time that something of this nature has happened, and it does not necessarily involve clothing. In February 2021, four travelers of Chinese origin were prevented from boarding their flight at Kunming, Yunnan airport, unless they paid a fine for their excess bags.
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It is worth clarifying that inside them they carried kilos and kilos of oranges. Just as the Colombian citizen did on Wednesday night, they evaded the additional fee by eating a total of 30 kilos of this fruit. Thus they saved about 36 dollars (140 thousand pesos) for excess baggage.
What is excess baggage and how much is the fine?
Excess baggage is a fixed charge that is applied when there is a surplus, either in weight, number of pieces or volume. Both the limit and the value of the fine depend on the airline in which you travel. In this case, in the case of the airline Viva Air, classified as ‘low cost’, the limit is lower.
According to its official website, and in the case of a suitcase that will travel in the cabin of the plane, it must weigh a maximum of 12 kilos and measure 55x45x25 cm.
In case of not carrying a travel suitcase, the same conditions will apply for a small backpack. The only thing that varies in this case are the dimensions, they have to be 45x30x25 cm. And since it is luggage that will go in the hold of the aircraft, it must not weigh more than 20 kilos and measure 158 linear centimeters.
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If a passenger exceeds cabin baggage, the fee to pay is 1,237 Argentine pesos (39 thousand Colombian pesos). For hold luggage, the fine is less: 735 Argentine pesos (23 thousand pesos).
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