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Australian man checks in single can of beer on flight

The Independent logo The Independent 12/07/2017 Helen Coffey

emu-tray.png © Provided by Independent Print Limited emu-tray.png A solitary can of lager spent the weekend making its way around an airport baggage carousel after an Australian passenger checked it in as luggage on a flight.

The man in question checked it for Qantas flight QF777 from Melbourne Airport on Saturday, reported Unilad.

Known only as “Dean”, the maverick flyer opted for a can of Emu Export lager, a Western Australian brand.

“One of my mates works at the airport and he and I were wondering what I could check as luggage and get away with – a single deodorant can was another idea – but the export can was way more iconic so I went with that,” he told Unilad.

© Provided by Independent Print Limited “Honestly, the thought of a single can of export making its way down the baggage carousel was too good to pass up so I thought I’d give it a whirl.”

Dean said he’d tried to pull off the stunt when flying out of Perth but was too late to check in any baggage; the can travelled across Australia with him to be checked in on the way home.

He added: “The planning stages may have definitely had a few cold ones cracked but the execution was done sober.”

Dean wasn’t convinced his luggage would make it back to Perth and was pleasantly surprised to find it had been transported safely.

“I was right up the back end of the plane, so I rocked up to the baggage carousel late,” he said. “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.

image © Provided by Independent Print Limited image “Sure enough there she was, alone on the carousel proudly making her way around. And there I was in my flanno and RMs to greet her. It was perfection.

“I half expected to find it empty, but if it didn’t turn up I’d have filed a lost luggage report.”

He didn’t drink the beer straight away, but decided to wait until the time was right: “I'm saving it to crack when it's cold and I'm with the boys.”

Dean isn’t the first person to try to check in something unusual online. Research conducted by Virgin Atlantic revealed the weird and wonderful items passengers have attempted to take with them on a plane. Live fish, an entire dead cow, fridge freezers and bathtubs were all among the items passengers thought they could transport in the hold.

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