Flight attendant shares hack to carry extra bag for free

Summer is just round the corner and after missing out on holidays for two years, a lot of people are preparing to jet off to sun-soaked destinations over the coming months.

From packing your case to making sure you've got all the right paperwork, getting ready to go on holiday can be extremely time-consuming.

There's nothing worse than something going wrong at the airport, but now a flight attendant has now shared a simple hack to ensure your luggage will all be allowed onto the airplane.

With a large amount of airlines having strict luggages policies, it can be easy to be hit with extra charges before you've even started your holiday.

Now, flight attendant Miguel Muñoz, has provided a genius hack that allows you to take an extra bag with you on your flight.

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Miguel, who has been an air steward for over 10 years, shared his top tip with Express.co.uk.

Nicknaming it the "duty-free hack", he revealed how by using a duty-free carrier bag passengers can bring an extra bag with them on their flight, as "duty-free bags don't count as carry-on baggage".

Most people aren't aware of this rule, and for those who find it difficult to ensure their belongings all fit into one case or that your luggage weighs the right amount, it could be a game-changer.

Miguel explained: "If you have something that doesn't fit in your suitcase or you want to bring an extra bag on board, here's the trick.

"All you have to do is carry a duty-free bag. Or ask for one at the duty-free shop and you place whatever you want in the shopping bag."

While he did state that there is "obviously limited space" on flights, at least "you are bringing an extra bag to the cabin with you".

Many airlines, such as easyJet and Ryan Air, have strict luggage policies in place, and only allow travellers to have one small bag with them as carry-on luggage for free, and it must fit under the seat.

Most airlines will charge passengers who bring an extra carry-on bag or luggage with them.

Miguel's clever trick can also be used if your luggage is over the required weight and the airline is attempting to charge you for the extra weight.

You can simply remove certain items from your case to decrease the weight, and then take them on board with you in a duty-free bag.

Miguel added: "Now you know. If you ever find yourself in that situation, just put whatever you need in a duty-free bag. You are welcome!"

He also explained how he even using the duty-free hack himself when jetting off, and that most crew members won't realise what you're doing.

"I know the trick because I always do this when I fly as a passenger," he said.

"And when I see people coming on board with a duty-free bag that looks VERY full I always assume they are using it for this purpose as it obviously doesn't contain just one perfume or bottle of wine.

"But a lot of crew don't know this and most won't realise. If you come on board with one piece of luggage, which you are allowed to, and a duty-free bag with some of your belongings, no one will say anything," Miguel advised.

A second travelling hack, which has recently been featuring on TikTok, is to take a pillow with you on the airplane, and fill it with your clothes if your case is too heavy.

Miguel explained: "This is one I keep seeing on TikTok and it consists of placing the additional clothes inside a pillowcase and carrying that with you on the plan.

"It's genius. As a crew, I would never suspect anything."

Nevertheless, Miguel believes carrying a duty-free bag is far easier than a pillow when travelling.

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