Luggage Weight Tip

Luggage weight tip or how to get around paying extra - by Mickaël -

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Well you might not have been confronted to this problem if you are used to travel with a pair of flip flops and swimming trunks, but those who come to a distant country to make a living (and this particular case those who travel to Brazil), and maybe some ladies who can't travel without their 5 favorite pair of boots, well those will often find themselves shivering when their luggage goes on the balance at the airport Check in.
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=> Most Airlines limit luggage weight to 23 Kgs for their economy tickets and they could charge some ridiculous extra for those going over that allowance.
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But lucky you we are here, and we gonna tell you a secret trick to get around it!

Actually, the limitation of bagage weight is quite random and you will discover that it's pretty flexible depending on the Airline and who you are talking to, it is up to his or her appreciation.

The first rule : Be charming! Open your shirt a little, use your best smile and relaaaaax, remember there is a lot of stress in airports and being cool in the middle of chaos is always a bonus.

So that's it, you did your best to lift the massive case to the balance pretending it wasn't heavy at all but dam, 28 kgs and she is looking at the screen with a grin on her face. And of course she tells you you are not authorized to carry so much weight. Really?!

That's where the actor in you need to shine, use something like: OMG, I had no idea I had so much stuff, I am so sorry, but I am going to live in Brazil now, it was so hard to chose what to bring, I tried to take the minimum, and you know, I didn't really have a way to check the weight!

She will probably tell you then that you have to pay for the extra, that's the rule. Tell her that this is really a bummer as you don't really have the money, ask her if that's OK to put a few things in your hand luggage and that you will really be careful next time.
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=> I always find it very useful to pretend to not understand very well what's going on (play the nice stupid tourist), and if she doesn't speak English, pretend not to speak the language very well ether. They eventually give up when they see it could take hours.
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SO IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE YOU GONNA GO WITH IT SO FAR? DON'T WORRY, HERE IS THE ULTIMATE KILLER TRICK :
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Hey, how about that trick: Me in a plastic bag?!The rule about hand luggage is even more blurry. In theory, you would only be authorized one piece of hand luggage of a certain size and weight. I've never seen it checked though and people buying stuff at the airport could end up with many plastic bags in their hands.

And here is the trick : THE PLASTIC BAG

Tell your lovely attendant that you are going to take some weight out of your luggage in a plastic bag to carry by hand. Ask her for one and if she doesn't have any, take the one you have cleverly hidden somewhere (and don't use supermarket bags, but big solid ones!)

Then take off heavy stuff out of your bag (shoes, jeans - did you know that 5 jeans would weight about 4 kgs?!) Then roll them in the bag, ET VOILA! Good luck...
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=> I hope you enjoyed that trick and send us your experience or comment if you tried it, for me it's always been a winner!
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