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Passenger gets banned from flight for using viral packaging trick

Passenger gets banned from flight for using viral packaging trick

A passenger has been banned from his flight after trying to get away with a viral packing trick.

Inside Orlando International Airport, an eager flyer who thought he could hack the system showed up to his flight with a pillowcase in hand. Attempting to circumvent the airline’s carry-on rules, the man stuffed the thin sheet with his belongings, arguing the item was a pillow.

On TikTok, user @natashaorganic captured the interaction between the ticketed passenger and airline staff. She documented their argument until airport police showed up and escorted him away from the gate.

At first, the man, wearing a white beanie and a black backpack, is seen talking to an airline attendant in an orange traffic vest. Their voices are muffled, making it hard to decipher what exactly was said.

“Stop letting these social media sites give you tips and tricks because sometimes it won’t work, okay?” said the TikTok user. “This guy tried to take a pillowcase full of clothing and other items, which he says is just a pillowcase.”

Natasha said it was obvious the passenger wasn’t just bringing a pillowcase or a normal pillow. In addition, the man was offered the opportunity to pay the appropriate fee for an additional piece of hand luggage, but declined. However, towards the end of the video, the man can be heard saying that he is willing to pay. Unfortunately, it was too late.

“He waited until they closed the doors to say, ‘Okay, I’ll pay for it now,’” Natasha explained. “And then he tried to like head to the crazy, I don’t know what it’s called, before you get on the plane.”

She added: “And they said, ‘Brother, back. I gave you a chance and you didn’t pay for it. And they ended up calling the police on him. And he ended up being escorted out.”

Natasha ended her narration by urging viewers to “stop listening to the internet”, blaming the passenger’s belief in a travel hack he found online for the reason he was eventually kicked out of the airport.

A few months before this incident, the pillowcase hack went viral on TikTok, prompting travelers to stuff their sheets with clothes to avoid paying a carry-on fee.

On Reddit, anonymous users warned others not to try the trick, admitting they know people who haven’t gotten away with it.

“I don’t know. In SFO, the gate ladies told us we had to put our pillows in our bags,” admitted one person, while another said: “I think budget airlines consider a pillow as a personal item. I agree with wearing a lot of clothes and shoving things in your jacket as a tried and true method.”