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NFT: Australian man checks single can of beer as luggage

Mike in Long Beach : 7/12/2017 2:00 pm
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In what sounds like the most Australian thing ever, “Dean” told News.com.au that he wanted to make sure his can of Emu Export lager made the journey with him. Whether he could or couldn’t bring it on the flight as a carry-on, the plan seems to have been one of completing a dare.




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Did he have to  
Beer Man : 7/12/2017 2:37 pm : link
pay the $25 baggage fee?
RE: Did he have to  
MetsAreBack : 7/12/2017 7:34 pm : link
In comment 13526486 Beer Man said:
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pay the $25 baggage fee?


You mean you're one of the few people left in this country that hasn't yet figured out how to get around baggage fees?


Anyway, this is fantastic.
That's a terrible beer  
Deej : 7/12/2017 7:51 pm : link
it's like an American refusing to give up on a can of Natty Ice.
RE: RE: Did he have to  
yatqb : 7/13/2017 10:46 am : link
In comment 13526748 MetsAreBack said:
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In comment 13526486 Beer Man said:


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pay the $25 baggage fee?



You mean you're one of the few people left in this country that hasn't yet figured out how to get around baggage fees?


Anyway, this is fantastic.


What's the secret? Take Southwest?
RE: RE: RE: Did he have to  
MetsAreBack : 7/13/2017 11:40 am : link
In comment 13527052 yatqb said:
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What's the secret? Take Southwest?



Well it was somewhat tongue in cheek and to be honest I know nothing about the Australian airlines.

But in the US its usually as simple as having an airline credit card OR 25,000 miles flown in a calendar year OR checking with your employer (if a large company) to see what they've negotiated with certain airlines OR having an AmEx card which has deals with some of the airlines (I'm Delta priority despite flying <5000 miles with them this year).

Havent you noticed at US airports these days there are more people in "priority" lines than in regular lines? I almost missed my flight in Miami once because the TSA refused to allow me to go through a regular (empty) line and instead go 100 yards to the priority check-in lanes which were packed.

Another reason airlines continue to bifurcate class of service - for American Airlines (which I'm Exec Plat), its now Priority, Platinum, Pro Platinum and Exec Platinum (and then I hear I guess there's also a Concierge Key too but I'll never reach that status)
the main way I know of to get around  
pjcas18 : 7/13/2017 11:52 am : link
checked bag fees, is to bring your bag through security and then almost every flight I fly these days they ask for volunteers to check their bag (free of charge) at the gate.

the caveat here is the bag needs to be small enough to go through security, so your average roll-aboard. and then if you have a bag that size unless you're completely devoid of any status with the airline or some type of preferential boarding you don't want to check your bag since there is a good chance there will be enough overheard space for you. Those poor souls in boarding zone 7 out of 7 - gate check is a good choice.

I am 99% business traveler so if my trip is long enough I need to go with a larger suitcase my company pays the checked bag fee if there is one for the airline I fly and my status on that airline.

A can of beer though? LOL, that's not getting through security.
That's another great point  
MetsAreBack : 7/13/2017 11:59 am : link
forgot about that one. Very few TSA officials / airports are going to check whether your bag is too big/small ... as long as it fits through their x-ray they don't care. Then once you get to the gate you check it for free... hell often times that ends up being valet service where you get it back on the arrival jet bridge.
A simple man ....  
short lease : 7/13/2017 4:33 pm : link
with priorities. What's the big deal?
RE: RE: RE: RE: Did he have to  
Sarcastic Sam : 7/13/2017 10:09 pm : link
In comment 13527122 MetsAreBack said:
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In comment 13527052 yatqb said:


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What's the secret? Take Southwest?




Well it was somewhat tongue in cheek and to be honest I know nothing about the Australian airlines.

But in the US its usually as simple as having an airline credit card OR 25,000 miles flown in a calendar year OR checking with your employer (if a large company) to see what they've negotiated with certain airlines OR having an AmEx card which has deals with some of the airlines (I'm Delta priority despite flying <5000 miles with them this year).

Havent you noticed at US airports these days there are more people in "priority" lines than in regular lines? I almost missed my flight in Miami once because the TSA refused to allow me to go through a regular (empty) line and instead go 100 yards to the priority check-in lanes which were packed.

Another reason airlines continue to bifurcate class of service - for American Airlines (which I'm Exec Plat), its now Priority, Platinum, Pro Platinum and Exec Platinum (and then I hear I guess there's also a Concierge Key too but I'll never reach that status)


It must be hard to be so humble when you are so awesome.
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