Everybody meet the Ryanair travel hero, Lee Cimino! He is the person who took on the airline over its new baggage fees.
On 1 November, Ryanair has introduced the new £6-8 baggage charges which many didn’t support. This way, passengers are no longer allowed to place a small suitcase in the hold for free.
However, Lee Cimino, from Stoke-on-Trent of Staffordshire, decided to think out of the box and do something which many could not even imagine it. He, amongst many others, was not happy with the newly hiked up baggage fees, so what he did to beat them was he stitched his entire wardrobe to the inside of his coat. A genius hack!
He filmed the entire process, from the improvised creative pockets of the inside of his coat to the effort at making it on to the plane. He shared the video on Facebook, saying, “I love Ryanair. It’s just this new charge is a bit too far really. I fly with them a lot and they’re always great, it’s just a bit annoying.”
Check out his genius trick and his efforts to beat Ryanair fees:
Lee was definitely a step further. This old coat improved with some adjustments, a stitch here and there, was the perfect solution!
In the video, he explains how he and his mate are off to Belfast for his birthday. After they booked the flight, they realized they should pay extra if they wanted to take a luggage with them.
I was properly annoyed but I had an idea. I looked through my wardrobe and found an old coat, I found a friendly tailor. The tailor made it so I could fit the entire contents of a roll-on cabin bag into the lining of my coat.
You can see creativity coming out of his pockets, as the tailor made some ingenious ones out of his old pants. Now, that’s creative!
By the end of the video, Lee was all smiles and laughs, cheering that his mission was completed successfully.
He told MailOnline:
I often travel Ryanair, cheap flights and for great destinations. Ryanair had changed the baggage allowance policy the day before we were due the fly to Belfast. Because I travel so often, I’m pretty clued up about on the luggage rules. I always manage to get my clothes into hand luggage.
He said he had an old coat at home, so he presented the idea to his local tailors. And they really came up with exactly what Lee had in mind. “I felt like I looked ridiculous but I wasn’t noticeable to anyone, if you only need to get away for a day or two – why pay for a luggage fee?,” Lee added.
Eventually, Lee made it through the check-in for his flight with all his clothes and other belongings inside of his old coat.
In response to Cimino’s attempts, a spokesperson for Ryanair told the MailOnline: “Thanks to our larger free small bag allowance (40 per cent bigger) and cheaper checked-in bag option (£8 for a 10kg bag), Ryanair customers can bring all they need without having to board the aircraft looking like the Michelin Man or Joey from Friends. We’ve received lots of positive feedback from customers and airports across Europe on our new bag policy, which is leading to faster check-in, security and boarding, and improved punctuality.”
See Ryanair’s new baggage charges below (except for Lee. No need to pay extra.):
So, passengers have to pay £8 to check in a 10kg bag. Whereas if you have a second bag or your first bag is too big, you will hay to pay a fee of £25.
According to a Ryanair spokesman:
Our new bag policy, which was first announced on 23 Aug, came in to effect on Thursday (1 Nov) and initial reports from the airports and our customers is that that it’s working well and reducing delays at security and speeding up the boarding process.
Priority Boarding customers will continue to enjoy two free carry-on bags. All other (non-priority) customers will be allowed one free (small) carry-on bag, and those who wish to check in a second bigger 10kg bag can do from €/£8 at the time of booking.
Now, you choose if you want to follow Lee’s hack or pay the baggage fee!
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