In modern airline travel, delays and cancellations have skyrocketed, right alongside reports of crazy passenger behavior. But one woman is being called the "worst airline passenger ever" by the New York Post after she pulled a wild stunt at check-in, in which her luggage seemed to be repeatedly declared overweight. Read on to find out what happened.
"Overweight Bag" Leads to Public Display
The video has racked up 3.3 million views on TikTok. It was posted to the account of prankster Taylor Watson, whose handle is @taylormakesvideos. In the apparently staged scene, a woman is seen at a Southwest Airlines check-in counter at an unidentified airport. When Watson is told by a clerk that her bag is overweight and she'll have to pay an additional fee to check it, she proceeds to pull various costumes out of the suitcase and don them to lighten the load. Keep reading to learn more and see the video.
Chicken, Gorilla, Avocado Suits Donned
In order: Watson pulls out and puts on a chicken outfit, a gorilla suit, an avocado suit, three hats, a red dress, and a large scarf. Meanwhile, people in line look on incredulously and with some annoyance. "I've never seen anything like that in my life," one said.
And On To Security
Despite lightening the load by donning the costumes, the bag was still overweight, so Watson lifted the suitcase with her foot while it was on the scale. She then heads for security wearing those numerous costumes, while a woman behind her shakes her head.
On TikTok, commenters were variously impressed, annoyed, and confused.
"That's the kind of girl I would marry," said one.
"She's an icon she's a legend and she is the moment," professed another.
"Wh…where was she going that she need a chicken, avocado, and bear suit?" wondered one viewer.
"And she will have to take it all off for the security check," noted another.
Baggage Fees A Major Money-Maker
It's unclear how Watson managed to stage the stunt in the busy airport, and she hasn't commented on her intentions. But it could be to call attention to excessive-size baggage fees, which some major airlines charge at $100 to $200 per bag. According to Consumer Reports, in 2021, those fees netted American Airlines and Delta Airlines $520 million and $360 million, respectively.