There's a tale out of China that speaks of a frugal hero who was able to use a single first-class ticket more than 300 times. Back in 2014, the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport noticed a strange thing about a particular first-class ticket: It had been canceled and rebooked over 300 times. After looking into the matter, they found that this guy never intended to use the ticket to fly anywhere; he just wanted to take advantage of all the free food being offered to the fat-cats in the airport lounge.
The investigation was dropped when the guy canceled his ticket for a full refund. Which means that the airline just sort of held onto his money for him while he ate like a king for a year.
Damn. The Chinese are even better freeloaders than we are.
Boy-Band Member Wears All His Clothes To Avoid Airline Fees
Speaking of shitty airport policies, can we talk about bag check? From the time you walk in the front doors all the way up through TSA, airlines are amazingly proficient at making the check-in process a complete mess. Not to mention that extra fees that airlines charge, which includes checked-bag fees, have risen somewhere around 1,400 fucking percent in the past eight years, which makes me wonder: Is airplane bag space a depleting natural resource? Did we over-mine it?
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Oh, so we're just pulling random prices out of our asses, then?
We regular schlubs expect to put up with that kind of bullshit at the airport. Celebrities, however, know no such way of life. That was certainly the case for 19-year-old James McElvar from the boy-band Rewind. Now, I'll admit I don't know anything about the band itself, but if their stick-to-itiveness is indicative of their music, they most likely still suck but are probably cool guys nonetheless.
Well, on second thought ...
When McElvar and his bandmates were attempting to board a flight back home to Scotland, he was told he would need to check his suitcase before boarding the plane. Apparently, something about the $45 bag-check fee just didn't sit right with McElvar, which is why he refused to comply and, instead, proceeded to dress in every piece of clothing residing in his suitcase.
And was unafraid to look homeless.
Can't argue with results, though; the ploy worked like a charm. He was able to board the plane and those nine $5 bills remained safely in his bank account. The final tally of clothing was six shirts, five sweaters, some jeans and sweatpants, topped off with some jackets and hats. But what he saved in bag-check fees was more than offset by hospital fees, as McElvar collapsed from heat exhaustion halfway through the flight.
I wasn't kidding.
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