Passenger Put Her Carry On Junk In The Trunk To Avoid Bag Fees

Low cost airlines like Spirit and Frontier are also high fee airlines. Those fees aren’t just about generating revenue, they are about getting passengers to pay in other ways. Passengers go out of their way to be as efficient as possible for the airline. They pay by doing the tasks that airlines usually have to spend money to accomplish.


  • You check in yourself, to avoid paying a fee
  • You check bags, because carrying them on comes with a fee. That means boarding faster, avoiding delays, and reducing time a plane needs to be on the ground and not making money.
  • You pay for everything in advance, online, avoiding the need even to have staff processing transactions.

Other low cost carriers organize themselves in similar ways. Airlines that frequently offer connections may have… long connections. The idea is that passengers wait on planes rather than planes waiting on passengers.

Passengers fight back. They’re choosing the airline to save money and they are going to save money. But they’re also going to bring the clothes and other items that they need for their trip.

Low cost airline customers have altered their boarding pass to make it looked like they paid for bags and stuffed their luggage inside a shopping bag to trick gate agents into thinking it was a personal item.

It’s pretty common for passengers to view it as a ‘hack’ to wear a jacket with lots of pockets (think Scott-e-Vest) and stuff their bodies full of their carry on items instead of using luggage.

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One woman flying Frontier Airlines tried a tact I hadn’t seen before. She… stuffed everything in the seat of her pants (“extra junk in her trunk”).

Shewana McGee, from Birmingham, Alabama…stashed a large backpack on top of her derrière. The bag was secured in place underneath figure-hugging leggings and further concealed by a denim jacket tied around her waist – creating the illusion she’d had a Brazilian butt lift, or BBL.

 She saved $60. After all, what could agents do? And it’s great publicity for flying Frontier, and reminding everyone that they’re cheap.

It seems like a Frontier Airlines status match is a much better way to avoid fees though?


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