Passenger Shoves His Bag Into The Sizer At The Gate So Hard It’s Stuck For Good

An airline passenger was stopped at the boarding gate by an agent who thought his carry on bag was too big to go on the aircraft. They told him he’d have to fit it into the bag sizer, and if it didn’t fit he’d have to pay to check the bag.

So he went to the sizer and there was no way he was going to allow it not to fit. He shoved that bag in. He kicked it. He pushed it. The agent insisted that the bag go all the way in.

The man didn’t give up. And finally he convinced the airline that it was indeed within the size limits published by his airline, easyJet. Only then the bag was stuck. He couldn’t get it out. Having pushed and kicked it in, pulling it out just wasn’t going to work.

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The man jokes he’s going to have to take the bag sizer on board the aircraft. In truth he could wind up facing a choice: make the flight and leave the bag behind, or stay and keep trying to get the bag out.

He’s a hero to the rest of the passengers on the flight though – easyJet agents couldn’t ask any other passenger to put their bag in the sizer before bringing it on the plane!

Here’s another bag that actually fit in the sizer, but the passenger couldn’t get it out. You’d think the sizer would be the ultimate arbiter of what fits but I’ve covered a bag that fit in the sizer, where a United employee wouldn’t let the passenger take it on anyway. That actually happened to me last year too.

Remember that carry on bag dimension rules include handles and wheels while the dimensions that luggage manufacturers list for their bags usually do not. So a 22″ bag may not fit in a 22″ sizer, though some airline gate sizers are actually larger than allowable dimensions in order to avoid constant conflict over this.

Here’s a passenger last month breaking his carry on into pieces so it would fit in the sizer. Here’s one from July who managed to get it into the sizer but then couldn’t get it out. And one from last year, too.

At least US airlines don’t weigh carry ons. Many non-US airlines weigh carry ons, and the weight limits for those airlines that do are (to a US perspective) absurdly low. Sometimes you can avoid the weight check simply by checking in online or at a kiosk. The goal is to avoid scrutiny.

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  1. Unlike passenger baggage, when a morbidly obese person becomes stuck in their aircraft seat, the aircraft should not depart to the next destination until the person stuck in their seat is removed from the plane.

  2. More weight means more fuel needed for lift, thrust.

    Charge people for their weight, charge more for their obesity.

    Put a green label, call it climate change, mention Greta, and watch the shitlibs spin in their cognitive dissonance. What will they defend more? Dysgenic body shapes and sizes or muh environment?

  3. I recall being in Milan airport after checking in for a Austrian airlines flight right before the security check there was a group of agents in the side randomly stopping people walking by to check and weigh their carryons. I noticed that from a distance so turned the other way without going near them and walked a circular route to another entrance to the security check where there was no one, and no damage done!

    Hopefully wont come to this in the US!

  4. Charge by the pound. Pax + baggage. Tired of subsidizing everyone’s obesity at the expense of my personal space on board. Stop letting your blubber ooze into my seat.

  5. What they need to do is have the TSA scanners become smaller. so if it does not fit through there then it can not get into the airport and you need to check it before hand.

  6. I never understand why airlines belonging to the same alliance wouldn’t have the same carry-on policy. I think it’s a big miss for the alliance. I once got in problem due to this stupid, differing policies because I flew an itinerary with a double connection involving United, Lufthansa and Aegean where the Aegean agents at FRA were preying on United issued boarding pass holders and demanding that we weigh our carry-ons which 100% of the time were overweight because they only allow a paltry 7 kg. Onboard I saw plenty of oversized and heavy bags. Why do they pass the weigh test? Simply because they started their trips NOT with United. This still left a very bad taste in my mouth to this day and reflects very unfavorably on Star Alliance.

  7. @Ron Airlines themselves don’t have standard sizes for carry ons due to flying different aircraft types.

  8. Lol- had the same problem transferring to a code-share Jetstar flight. Had a small carry-on, but it weighed almost 9 kg. I just opened it up, and started putting on the clothes and stuffing things in my pockets. When I got close enough, he let me on, then I just repacked all the clothes back into the carry-on.

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