Many people try hard to avoid paying extra fees at the airport and Norwegian Airlines released a list of the strange excuses people give when asking for leniency on their baggage limits.
The low-cost airline asked their staff about the bizarre requests they’ve heard as the busy Christmas travel season reaches its peak, according to a news release.
Norwegian surveyed 50 ground staff at London Gatwick, which revealed the most interesting attempts by passengers to avoid checking-in their hand baggage when their bag failed to meet carry-on requirements. The airline allows one carry-on one bag and a small personal item, while customers are charged to check-in hand luggage at the gate.
Here are the top ten excuses and attempts to meet the limits, according to the staff:
- Wore three pairs of trousers, with a pair of shoes stuffed in the jacket pockets
- Decided to give up their bag and asked for it to be donated to charity
- Carried a beloved pet’s ashes in their handbag and wanted leniency
- Tried to bribe gate staff with newly bought chocolates from duty free
- Refused to comply by repeating “Me no speak any English”
- Two pairs of jeans were doubled up and worn as a “double denim” scarf
- Claimed their bag contains fragile antique pottery
- Wore two layers of suits
- Insisted their credit card is maxed out with no money left to pay
- Wore two winter coats and tied three jumpers around their waist