Traveler Wears Five Pounds of Clothing To Avoid the Extra Luggage Fees at the Airport

Have you ever been at the airport and discovered that your luggage is over the weight limit? If so, you know that feeling of being totally flustered and faced with the prospect of an extra weight fee. Paying it might feel like your only choice, but not if you're Gel Rodriguez. She found a creative way around the weight limit, saved herself overage fees, and became a viral sensation in the process.

In 2019, Rodriguez was taking a flight from the Phillippines and was informed that her carry-on luggage was 4.4 pounds over the weight limit. Instead of paying the fee—which is never cheap—she opted to lessen her suitcase weight by wearing more than five pounds of clothing. This meant layering shirts on her shirts and pants over her pants. The multiple garments were so bulky that they wouldn’t cover one another. Her last pair of pants, for instance, only meets her knees before there is just too much fabric to go up any further.

To commemorate this travel “hack,” Rodriguez posed for a picture at the airport. This photo went viral, with people lauding her for the idea. “What a brilliant mind,” one person commented. “Thank you for the idea,” another said.

But would she do it again? Probably not. “It was really hot,” Rodriguez said. “I don't recommend other people do it.” That's likely good advice. In 2015, James McElvar from the Scottish boy band Rewind tried the same thing (only with more clothing) and passed out due to heat exhaustion.

h/t: [Upworthy]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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