It’s no secret that some airlines and their employees don’t have the best reputation and it’s not limited to the inflight crew. Ground crew have been known to throw a few suitcases here and there and may or may not have contributed to the damage of this man’s $42,000 custom wheelchair. But this incredibly hilarious story of a man and his precious cargo proves that not all airlines will treat your luggage like a sack of potatoes.
The man, who wishes to be identified as Dean, arrived at the airport in Melbourne, Australia with extremely light luggage. Rather than checking in a large suitcase for his flight on Qantas Airways across Australia to Perth, Dean checked in an item that weighed less than a pound: A single can of Emu Export beer.
There are people who travel lightly, and then there’s Dean.
Dean and a friend of his, who works at the airport, came up with the idea to see what they could check onto a flight as luggage. Originally the duo considered deodorant, but thought that a single can of Emu Export would be even better. Especially since the beer is brewed and very popular in Perth, where he was flying out from.
“Honestly the thought of a single can of export making its way down the baggage carousel was too good to pass up so I thought I’d give it a whirl,” Dean told Unilad.
Dean reportedly wanted to export the can of beer on his way from Perth to Melbourne, but he arrived at the airport too late. So, he wanted to try his stunt on his return flight.
He had to trick the automated check-in to accept his lone piece of luggage.
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After stacking a few trays on top of each other to fool the conveyor belt into thinking it was transporting a bag, the can of beer continued on its journey.
“[I] was bloody stoked when it finally went green and zoomed off,” Dean told Mashable.
Even more surprising was that the Emu Export arrived in Perth undamaged and unopened.
Once in Perth the can of beer was unloaded and placed on the baggage carousel for pickup.
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Dean fully expected that his can of beer would sustain some type of damage—namely the baggage handlers being unable to resist the urge to crack open a cold one—during its journey, but he was shocked when he went up to the baggage carousel and saw a number of people with their phones out and taking pictures of what appeared to be an empty belt.
“Sure enough there she was, alone on the carousel proudly making her way around,” he said to Unilad.
As for any future plans for his single piece of luggage, Dean plans on consuming it at a later date when the brew is nice and cold.