All travel is leisure travel and everyone is going to either Florida or Cancun. That means more checked bags than an average flight since almost no one is doing day trips or packing everything in a road warrior’s rollaboard. At Southwest Airlines bags fly free. And that creates a weird incentive. How many passengers are letting that second free bag benefit go to waste?
You could become a courier and ship packages. Or you could toss in supplies for the pool party like Sydney Fowls did. She decided to check a pool noodle on her recent Southwest Airlines flight from Columbus, Ohio to Tampa.
My pool noodle traveled from Ohio —-> Florida
The passenger explained they decided to check the pool noodle because pool noodles are expensive – why buy one in Florida when she could bring one on Southwest, since Southwest doesn’t charge for bags? And besides, friends bet her $20 she wouldn’t.
For an official ruling on the matter, we turn to the Southwest Airlines twitter team who declares there is no actual rule against checking a pool noodle without placing it in luggage or a box first.
I mean…there's nothing in the rules that says you CAN'T check a pool noodle! I would be cracking up 😀 -Allison
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) May 30, 2021
The pool noodle even made it back to Columbus baggage claim after the trip just fine. In fact, Southwest Airlines had gotten wind of the hijinks at this point and celebrated with pool noodle salute on the ramp and a mess of pool noodles at baggage claim. The carrier even presented her with a Southwest Airlines pool noodle.
My pool noodle made it back home to Ohio! Thank you Southwest Airlines for everything you did for me! @flysouthwest @junebug2433 ##viral
Four years ago an Australian man became internet famous for checking a single can of beer on a Qantas flight. Days later an American Airlines Executive Platinum member decided not to let his free checked bag benefit go to waste and checked a bottle of deoderant. American lost his ‘bag’.
You’d think airlines would insist you place loose items in some sort of luggage, but some people seem to get away with freestanding items. Watch out when you do use a bag for your luggage, though, because a reader was arrested in Paris after trying to use an Ikea bag as luggage.