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Here’s perhaps a story that’ll help you keep the faith in baggage handlers.
An Australian man who wishes to be only known as Dean, caught a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Perth on Saturday and claimed he was able to successfully check-in a single can of Emu Export beer as part of his luggage, purely for the fun of it.
“It honestly just seemed like a good laugh, an idea a mate and I cooked — pretty much a meme in real life for all the export drinkers out there,” Dean explained via Messenger.
For those not familiar, Emu Export is a beer originally from Perth. To explain why he was bringing the beer back there, Dean said “he arrived too late to check it in heading out of Perth.”
So he thought he’d try his luck on the way back at Melbourne Airport, where he faced “some resistance” from the automated check-in counter.
“It wouldn’t register the can as a bag so I had to use some creative tray stacking to fool it into thinking there was a bag on the conveyor. Was bloody stoked when it finally went green and zoomed off,” he said.
Dean said he wasn’t sure if it would make it, but “was prepared to submit a lost luggage report if it didn’t.”
“If it arrived at the other end and had been drunk I probably could have forgiven the baggage boys for not being able to resist the bush chook temptation,” he said.
But the can arrived on the luggage carousel — undamaged too.
“A shoutout to the Perth baggage handlers — they sent the can out way before any of the other luggage,” Dean said.
For the moment he’ll be saving the can, but it will be “consumed eventually.” Can’t let it go to waste, we guess.
Qantas as part of its conditions of carriage said customers “must not include” checked baggage containing “fragile, delicate or perishable items,” but it’s apparently more to prevent their damage in case of claims. There appears to be no published minimum to how small an item can be when it comes to checked baggage.
Mashable has contacted the airline for clarification and comment.
from Mashable! http://on.mash.to/2u4ljYf