- Sticking a foot under a luggage scale to get bags under the limit is becoming a viral travel hack.
- People on TikTok say they’ve tried this trick and gotten away with bringing a heavy bag on board.
- Others say using this travel hack could endanger airline staff and one’s fellow passengers.
TikTok is divided over one traveler’s attempt to make his bags register a lighter weight by sticking his foot under the airport’s luggage scale.
“Kinda surprised this worked,” read the video’s subtitle. The video did not specify when and where it was recorded. Insider was not able to independently confirm the TikTok user’s identity, or verify which airline he was flying on.
The video caption added that “the baggage lady was cool about it,” suggesting that the airport staff were aware of the man’s actions. The TikTok post has since been viewed over 2.2 million times.
Some commenters praised the man for his ingenuity, and admitted to doing the same — and getting away with it.
“I do this all the time. It works,” said one person on TikTok.
However, other people said they weren’t as lucky when they tried to trick the luggage scale.
“I’ve tried this a bunch of times they always ask me to back up,” another person said on TikTok.
Those who disapproved of the hack also slammed the man’s actions, and accused him of endangering the lives of other passengers.
“Crazy how you think that’s so clever but you’re jeopardizing the flight and other passengers by screwing up the weight and balance,” read one TikTok comment.
Others said that the baggage could hurt the airline staff when they are transporting the bags onto the aircraft.
“When you do this you are putting airline employees in harm’s way! The reason overweight baggage gets tagged is so that it can be team-lifted,” a person commented on the post.
The owner of the TikTok account did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider sent outside regular business hours.