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Woman Fakes Pregnancy To Avoid Baggage Fees – Almost Gets Away With It
Travelers getting creative with packing is nothing new – from sitting on the suitcase to get it to close to wearing extra layers of clothes to save space.
But travel journalist Rebecca Andrews took travel packing hacks to a whole different level when she created a fake pregnancy bump with clothes and a laptop charger that she couldn’t fit in her bag. It was Andrews’ attempt to avoid paying excess baggage fees for overweight luggage.
“I have a small frame and decided pretending to be preggo was the most believable route to a successful hack,” Andrews told CNN Travel. “But in all seriousness, I think it is the laziest idea I have ever had — a woman’s body can create human life, so exploiting this unique ability we have to save myself $60 was just obvious. It’s quite an uncreative hack, really.”
Andrews made it through security but it was her laptop that gave it away.
She slid her laptop down the back of her stretchy jumpsuit but crewmembers with Australian’s low-cost budget carrier Jetstar noticed the device sticking out of her jacket.
In the end, she had to pay the extra $60 for an overweight carry-on.
“Was I embarrassed? Not at all,” says Andrews. “I felt like a badass. A hot pregnant badass.”
According to CNN Travel, this isn’t Andrews’ first time attempting this packing hack.
She told the outlet that she’s, “double- and triple-layered clothes many times and have definitely done a fake pregnancy here and there.”
This was her first time, however, incorporating the laptop.