Pay hefty baggage fees when you fly? What for? Stuff everything in your pockets:
Debenhams says that budget travellers are “picking the pockets of airline thanks to a loophole in the baggage rules”.
The shop has seen sales of its big coats and lots of pockets rise by 350% over the summer, and it thinks passengers are doing it to avoid expensive baggage charges.
“Rather than pay expensive charges for stowing cases in the hold of the plane, canny holidaymakers are using their free hand luggage allowance and ‘wearing’ the rest of their baggage.”
Then again, Debenhams is a British store. Will this sort of thing work in the States? Peter says it will:
I flew [Saturday] from Tennessee to Alaska, to visit Miss D. and help with the closing stages of reassembling her aircraft’s wings. Instead of taking my normal cabin carry-on bag, I took a smaller unit, and filled the pockets of a military-surplus winter parka that I brought along.
Of course, once they catch on they’ll charge you for having the temerity to own garments with deep pockets.