Rebecca Andrews is a travel writer from Melbourne who recently tried to save $60 on excess carry-on baggage fees at the airport by pretending to be pregnant.
Rebecca decided to share her hack in an Instagram video.
Below are her step-by-step rules for avoiding the predicament of having an overweight or overstuffed carry-on bag:
1) Precheck into the flight or go to the do-it-yourself computer thingy at the airport. Do not check in at the airline counter.
2) Go through security, then head to the bathroom.
3) Find the baby-change area because it’s bigger than a toilet cubicle.
4) Put on something stretchy or spandex — a good reason to be a cyclist.
5) Wrap your smallest but heaviest items — aka electronics — in something satin: The more slippery the fabric, the easier it is to slide down your front.
6) Shape it into a baby bump (or a beer belly) — 5 months is best because you don’t need to change the way you walk.
7) Put your laptop/tablet/book down your back. Make sure it is secure and won’t slip around (use stockings or something similar if you feel you need to tie it on).
8) Double-layer your clothes. TIP: The baggier the better.
9) A thick jacket — leather or puffer — is the icing on the cake.