Lonely Planet Writer

Man checks in a single can of beer on an Australian flight from Melbourne to Perth

Proving the Aussie ‘larrikin’ spirit is alive and well in 2017, an Australian man checked in a single can of Emu Export lager on Qantas flight QF777 from Melbourne on Tuesday.

The now-famous can of beer.
The now-famous can of beer. Image by The Beer Scout

The can was tagged by Qantas airline staff and then sent off to the plane’s luggage hold to make the journey to the west coast of Australia touching down in Perth where it was the first item on the baggage claim carousel. The happy traveller, Dean Stinson, told the Australian media: “I half didn’t expect it to come out the other end, but when it did it was sent out well in front of all the other luggage, so the baggage handlers obviously appreciated it.”

Perth's largest park, overlooking Perth City and the Swan River.
Swan Brewery overlooking Perth City and the Swan River. Image by Lynn Gail/Getty Images

Dean said he knew his non-standard cargo had arrived when he saw a group of people snapping pictures at the baggage claim area. “Sure enough there she was, alone on the carousel, proudly making her way around,” he said of his beloved brew. He had had planned to file a ‘lost luggage’ report if it didn’t turn up. The journey has been well documented on social media.

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Ironically Emu Export originally hails from Western Australia produced by Swan Brewery, just outside Perth. Despite a huge craft beer scene, Australians have a strong fondness for their staple lagers as Dean’s choice of ‘essential’ luggage item for his trip attests.