Gel Rodriguez's quick-thinking actions quickly gained fans, with her post being shared more than 19,000 times on Facebook, with 791 comments and 32,000 reactions.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on October 17, 2019

A woman who was told at the airport check-in that her luggage was over the weight limit, acted quickly.

Gel Rodriguez, an emergency room registered nurse at Bishop Joseph Regan Memorial Hospital in Davos City, on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, had to get the suitcase, weighing 9kg, down to 6.5kg.

She obviously opened the suitcase and began putting on packed clothing to get the luggage weight down. Judging from the photograph she posted on her Facebook page, she was wearing at least three tops, two pairs of pants and four cardigans.

“From 9kg to 6.5kg baggage,” she wrote with the photo, adding: “#ExcessBaggageChallengeAccepted”.

Gel Rodriguez

Her quick-thinking act quickly gained fans, with her post being shared more than 19,000 times on Facebook, with 791 comments and 32,000 reactions, Vice reported.

“If I had known it would go viral, I would have posed better,” she said.

While Rodriguez was able to avoid the extra fee, she said she probably wouldn’t do it again and cautioned others from following in her footsteps.

“It was really hot. I don’t recommend other people do it,” she said.

In April, 30-year-old Natalie Wynn, who was on a Thomas Cook flight to the Canary Islands, was told her luggage was too heavy and wore almost 4kg of clothing to avoid the 75 euros charge.

“I put on four dresses, two pairs of shorts, I tied a dress around my neck, put a skirt on, I shoved two dresses down the dresses I had on, and two pairs of shoes as well, and a cardigan,” she said.

“It definitely worked. Normally I check the weight of the baggage but I did the online check in for me and my friend, but we got to the counter and they just stopped me.”

Wynn said she was allowed to take all of her excess clothing off once she got on the plane and managed to repack it all.

“Natalie’s ingenuity here is noted,” Thomas Cook told The Sun.

“The good news for Natalie and the rest of our customers, is that later this month we are increasing our hand baggage allowance to 8kg.

“This will hopefully help her travel a little less like Joey from Friends next time.”

Thomas Cook went bust last month.