One passenger managed to make Qantas check a can of beer as his sole luggage on a domestic flight in Australia.
The beer, a can of Emu Export lager, made it safely from Melbourne to Perth onboard QA 777, and the internet, of course, is loving it
What started as a prank planned between the passenger and a friend that works at the airport (the passenger explained it on this interview) ended up going viral. His Facebook video of the lone beer can on the luggage belt (delivered even before than elite/priority luggage!) already rounds 75k views:
Of course not everybody is as amused with this event as the avid traveller and most of the internet. According to BBC (access here):
The airline, Qantas, said it did not encourage other travellers to follow suit.
“This guy’s done it and he’s won the internet for the day, so we’re happy to move on,” a spokesman said in a statement to the BBC.
The passenger had a checked luggage allowance of 1 piece up to 23 kg (50 lb). The Emu Export lager fits those limits. I’ve seen people checking lunch boxes or fanny packs before, so the beer can was checked as it should have because it was within the passenger pre-contracted services. Now let’s hope this case does not turn into a recurring internet meme. One laugh is more than enough!