It doesn't take much to become the toast of Twitter. Sometimes, you just have to decide that it's not worth flying without a can of your favorite beer. A beer-loving Australian man has managed to check-in a can of lager as his only luggage on a domestic flight, with the brew arriving safely thanks to courteous baggage handlers.
To the amusement of ground staff at Melbourne airport, the can of Emu Export Lager was tagged and made its way along the conveyor belt to the plane as the only check-in item for passenger Dean Stinson on Saturday.
As it turns out, he had some inside help with this stunt.
"My mate works at the airport and we hatched the plan as a laugh – I half didn’t expect it to come out the other end,” he told the Daily Mail. "But when it did it was sent out well in front of all the other luggage, so the baggage handlers obviously appreciated it."
"There was no luggage out yet but everyone was milling around and had their phones out so I was pretty sure I knew what was going on," he said. "Sure enough there she was, alone on the carousel proudly making her way around."
In Facebook comments on the triumphant video he subsequently shared, he noted that he'll be keeping the can as a "trophy forever" instead of drinking it. Probably a good idea, as it's likely it would explode upon opening, thanks to all those cabin pressure changes during the flight.
Qantas as part of its conditions of carriage said customers "must not include" checked baggage containing "fragile, delicate or perishable items," but it's apparently more to prevent their damage in case of claims. There appears to be no published minimum to how small an item can be when it comes to checked baggage.