When you need to bring more stuff with you when you travel, and don’t want to pay for a checked bag – or a carry on bag if you’re flying an ultra low cost carrier – you wear all your clothing onto the airplane. Or you turn yourself into a human suitcase by wearing a SCOTTeVEST.
Backpackers for years have stuffed their clothes into pillow cases to make pillows to sleep on. But Anya Iakovlieva takes that efficient packing tip to new heights by using the pillow case as an extra carry on bag. Just stuff all your items inside, instead of using it for a pillow. Her video has been viewed over 17 million times on TikTok. A pillow case with a zipper works best.
The hack to disguise a carry on bag inside of a shopping bag doesn’t actually work because it misunderstands airline carry on rules. The genius here is that it understands the psychology people bring to the rules.
Now, I’ve seen people more than once who have been told to put their newspaper inside of their bag because otherwise that’s a separate personal item but that’s just an agent in a bad mood. Most passengers on U.S. airlines can bring a full-sized carry on bag and a personal item like a purse or laptop bag. But if you’ve got a book that’s going to be fine, too… and a pillow. You’re just going to rest your head on that, it doesn’t need space underneath the seat or in the overhead bin.
If your pillow is full of heavy items though it really shouldn’t be out during takeoff or landing. In turbulence it actually could be dangerous though of course that’s a long shot. And with single agent boarding no American Airlines agent on a full flight will have time to look closely anyway.
(HT: Paul H.)