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XiaoMandyX's avatar

Can you dress up in layers at the airport to avoid a baggage fee?

Asked by XiaoMandyX (47points) 2 months ago

I’m going on a ski trip soon and baggage fee is ridiculous. Can I wear all my ski clothes onto the plane? Is there a rule against that?

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gorillapaws's avatar

I don’t believe there is a rule against it, although you should expect to raise the suspicion of the TSA. You’re probably going to sweat your ass off though. Is it really worth saving like $25 to sit for hours sweating uncomfortably?

jca's avatar

Ski boots are uncomfortable. That’s another thing I can’t imagine wearing for hours to avoid a fee.

XiaoMandyX's avatar

Oh not the ski boots! I’m renting them when I get there! Just the clothes!

BellaB's avatar

How long is your trip?

XiaoMandyX's avatar

Flight is only a couple of hours!

BellaB's avatar

Not the flight – the ski trip. Is it more than 48 hours?

XiaoMandyX's avatar

oh just 2 days

BellaB's avatar

Did you plan to spend all of your non-skiing time in your ski clothes? are you planning to change your underwear/socks etc? If it was a day trip, I’d go with it, otherwise you need other clothes to wear when you aren’t skiing.

jca's avatar

As said above, very hot, uncomfortable flight with ski clothes on and probably not worth saving the money to do it.

CWOTUS's avatar

Welcome to Fluther.

Have you checked into the possibility of renting outer clothes, too? It’s been decades since I skied, but it seems like that should be a thing now. Alternatively, what would it cost to have the clothes boxed up and shipped ahead of time to the destination (to someone you can trust, obviously) to hold for you (and then ship back afterward)?

We really need to do another ‘First World Problems’ thread, though. Not that this reminded me of that or anything…

Seek's avatar

Why not vacuum pack the clothes and put them in a carry-on?

chyna's avatar

Not worth the pain of wearing the same clothes for 2 days. Also, what about your toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb or any other incidental items you may need?

Zaku's avatar

As others have said, you can but it’s a practical trade-off after a point. However it is practical in many cases to wear something like a sweater and jacket or coat in airports (and on planes a wrinkle-proof jacket may serve as a blanket) rather than packing those.

Brian1946's avatar

Are you going to be skiing in China?

janbb's avatar

You will have to strip down to one layer to get through airport security so that could be a pain.

JLeslie's avatar

I would say definitely layer on top. It’s not odd at all to wear a shirt, sweater/hoody, and ski jacket. I wouldn’t bother with wearing the ski pants I don’t think. If you are bringing a pair of jeans wear those. They are heavy and bulky too. Sneakers or boots are heavy too. A little of a pain to take off for security, but so what.

I don’t know much about ski pants. Are your insulated and thick? Or, can you fold them up and fit them in a shopping bag? That’s an option. Make one of your carry-ons a shopping bag with the pants and your purse.

AshlynM's avatar

Yes, you can but I wouldn’t recommend it. Possibly wear only the thickest items to save space in your bag. Some airlines also allow a jacket as an extra item. Southwest allows two free checked bags.

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