How to get excess baggage on the plane – for free!

Did you know that most airlines have an exception for the baggage weight limit? If you are a student and the excess weight is due to study-related books, they let you pass.

It works every time.

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But of course you really need to take non-fiction books with you. Or come up with a good story about writing a thesis on crime fiction.

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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8 Responses to How to get excess baggage on the plane – for free!

  1. Johann Stan says:

    I brought some very old books from Turkey by saying I am a historian.

  2. Wait, what? Is this something informal or there is some kind of “rule” on that?

    • Well, it’s not exactly in the Montreal Convention.

      But if you show up on time, are friendly, look like a student, are a few kilograms above the weight limit and have a good explanation (“I have to take so many books because I have to study for an exam in sociology in one month”), then it usually works.

  3. List of X says:

    Don’t they ask for a student ID?

    • I have one, of course.
      But so far, I never had to show it. It seems to be enough to be reading a heavy book and taking notes or highlighting passages.
      I guess a backpack or a bag with a university logo would also help.

    • List of X says:

      Just don’t wear a sweatshirt with a university logo – they will get suspicious if they think you’re trying a little too hard.

    • :D
      Luckily, German universities don’t even sell stuff like that. From my university, I only got a flimsy bag and, I think, a pen. Oh yes, and they had some gummi bears during the introduction week.

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