Excess Baggage – A few more tips carrying on from Blink in the book.
- As they are starting to weigh the onboard baggage. I put all my pedals (about 7) and some leads into a plastic shopping bag or even better – a plastic bag bought from a shop at the airport. When checking in, put it on the shelf of the trolley covered by a jacket and you can even stash it into your proper bag once through customs. A good quality plastic bag can hold 10KG.
- I also carry an MC909 sequencer which is huge (like 50x40x10cm – 6KG). I made a soft black case for it to prevent damage but to my surprise, the people checking carry-on baggage pulled me over one day – I thought i was done for. She said “and what do we have here? Oh it is just your pillow, how cute” I was like – What? No, its a….Yes, it IS a pillow. Remember to put things like this at your feet when checking in so they don’t see.
So along with a 10KG backpack, i have never had a problem carrying on 26KG onboard (and losing 1 or 2 in sweat – give and take).
- As the baggage checkers wait just behind the door as you say a teary farewell, i always wait a few minutes and follow either someone who has a suspiciously looking big bag or for a large group of old people or something. Straighten your back and never look them in the eye.