A woman has gone to desperate lengths to protect her $300 carry-on after she was told she had to check it in.
Jen, who regularly posts about her travels to TikTok, revealed in a viral clip she used her boyfriend’s T-shirt to cover her bag after she was told she couldn’t take it on the flight.
Jen was flying from Mexico to California when staff informed her there wasn’t enough room in the overhead locker for her bag and that it had to be checked in.
With the thought of her bag possibly getting damaged during transit, the San Diego woman decided to wrap it in her boyfriend’s shirt, with the act sparking a heated debate.
“When you’re forced to check-in your new Beis carry-on and you decide your boyfriend can buy a new shirt,” she wrote in the now deleted clip that was viewed almost one million times.
Beis is a luxury travel brand founded by Canadian actor Shay Michell and Jen’s bag is retailed at $218.
The video showed the beige bag wrapped in a black T-shirt as it made its way down the conveyor belt to be collected.
“When your boyfriend gets voluntold to take off this shirt to protect your new carry-on. You decide your boyfriend can buy a new shirt,” Jen wrote, adding “We had to improvise”.
The act left people both amazed and annoyed.
“Learned my lesson after checking in my suitcase,” one woman wrote.
“Okay because I would literally do this and my boyfriend wouldn’t mind because he’s the best,” another confessed.
A third added: “Now that’s what I call innovative thinking.”
While many praised her unique act, others weren’t impressed she made her partner give up his shirt to “protect” a bag that’s “made” to get a few bumps and scratches on it.
“It’s literally a suitcase,” one person wrote.
“But the whole point is to show the new suitcase off. What’s the point if she’s just going to cover it with a shirt?” another wrote, while a third added: “Why buy a bag that you’re afraid to send through the airport?”
Others came to her defense with one person writing: “So what? People like to keep their expensive things nice. God forbid.”
Some questioned how the T-shirt stayed on during the transportation, to which Jen shared a follow-up video showing an airport staffer placing a “fragile” sticker on the side of the suitcase to hold it in place.
“It was my idea to put the T-shirt on my carry-on, but it was my boyfriend’s idea to tell them it was fragile,” Jen said in the clip.
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