A woman faked being pregnant to avoid paying the excess baggage fee at an airport, but she got caught
- An Australian woman faked a pregnancy to avoid paying a $60 (R625) excess baggage charge.
- Travel writer Rebecca Andrews created a "baby bump" out of charging cables wrapped in satin fabric, and also slid a laptop down her back.
- She nearly got away with it but was caught at the last moment and forced to pay up.
- Watch how Andrews nearly got away with the trick in her video below.
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While some people simply opt to wear as many clothes as possible to avoid having to pay for excess baggage when taking a flight, one woman got more creative.
Melbourne-based travel writer Rebecca Andrews faked a pregnancy to smuggle extra possessions through on her body.
"Getting pregnant to save $60 [R625]," she wrote on Instagram. "When you don't want to pay the excess for overweight carry on #travelhack #flighthacks #getpreg."
She started by dressing in a stretchy one-piece which "keeps it all in nice and tight."
Next, Andrews wrapped a selection of charging cables in clothing and placed it inside the one-piece over her belly - she recommends choosing "small, heavy items" like electricals and wrapping them in satin as it slips down your body most easily.
"Shape it into a baby bump (or a beer-belly) - five months is best as you don't need to change the way you walk," Andrews wrote.
The next step, according to Andrews, is to slide something like a laptop or book down your back.
Then it's time to cover your cargo in loose, baggy layers to conceal your fake pregnancy - Andrews recommends "low-rise jeans or long, flowing skirts."
At the airport, where Andrews was due to fly with Jetstar, she used a self-check-in machine, and she says she nearly got away with the scam but was ultimately caught.
Her error, Andrews says, was being the last person to board the plane and thus having all the eyes of the staff at the gate on her.
"As I walked my fake-pregnant ass down the gangway, I dropped my ticket and made a noise," Andrews wrote. "So they all looked at me again.
"As I bent over to pick up the ticket, the shape of my laptop down my back suddenly became apparent."
She was ultimately forced to pay the $60 (R625) fee.
"Was I embarrassed? Not at all," Andrews told CNN. "I felt like a bad ass. A hot pregnant badass."
Some people have commented on the writer's Instagram criticising her for her subterfuge, but she says she doesn't feel bad.
"I think a woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her body, including faking a pregnancy made out of laptop wires," she told CNN.
And in her Escape article, Andrews wrote: "Honestly, if I my carry-on was ever overweight I would do it again and just make sure I was not the last person to board."
Insider has contacted Andrews for further comment.
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