Another Dulles No-Check Baggage Victory

At the Dulles Airport check-in for my flight on Austrian Airlines to Vienna, I drew the agent having a bad day.

He wanted me to check my European legal sized luggage (smaller than domestic) and told my co-worker her purse counted as her only carry-on. He didn’t know I never check my bags.

Pulling a Jedi Mind Trick, I used a “Look at all my passport stamps” to show I flew enough to call his legal carry-on size bluff.

Then I hid my laptop bag down the counter until I walked away. Best yet, at the gate, I walked around him as he stopped another for bringing a roll-aboard and a laptop.

And guess what? We were flying a 767 with American sized overhead bins!

So a note to those headed to Vienna via Dulles: Pull a Wayan travel trick, store your bags with friends when you check in to avoid the Austrian Airlines Baggage Nazis.

3 Comments so far

  1. Carrie (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

    Good thing you checked yours. I just flew to Zurich and my luggage made it the day after I got there. However, on international flights aren’t you allowed two carry-ons anyway? In any case, I am too gay to have only packed enough for a carry-on. :) I’ll learn one of these days.

    How did you like Vienna? I went there as well on my vacation. Beautiful city.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    Um, Carrie, I didn’t (and never would) be so pedestrian as to check my bags. Ever.

    In fact, as a result of America’s War On Moisture, I fly without liquid toiletries so I do not need to check or loose my civilization threatening toothpaste.

    I just buy a tube when I land. Surprisingly to many, toothpaste is everywhere I want to be.

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    Toothpaste is one of those things that makes a place feel like home. Thank god America is slowly doing away with liquids on airlines – It’s so reassuring that people will not be using toothpaste and hand gels on airplanes anymore.

    It keeps America safe.

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