Aviation

Why TikTokers are taking pillowcases on flights

For those desperate to get travelling again, there is a sense of excitement and nostalgia for even the most mundane aspects of preparing for a trip.

However, it is hard to forget the frustration of adhering to airline luggage weight limits.

Who could miss the heart-stopping anxiety of waiting to have your bag weighed only to find you’re 1kg over and face the prospect of extra baggage allowance fees eating into your holiday savings?

As with almost everything these days, TikTok reckons it has an answer.

The “pillow hack” is one of the most searched travel trends on TikTok right now, according to Stylist UK.

One particular video posted by a user named Anya Lakovlieva (@nolimitua) has amassed 24.9 million views so far, and almost 10 thousand comments.

Why do TikTok users want you to travel with a pillowcase?

In her video, Lakovlieva is seen packing clothing into a presumably empty pillowcase before placing it on top of her suitcase as she walks through an airport.

In the last shot, Lakovlieva is sitting on board her flight holding the pillow on her lap.

@nolimitua #travelhack #travelhacks #pillowtransformation #lifehack #travellight #noonesgonnaknow #traveltips #travellife #traveltip ♬ how would they know bad girls club – Chris Gleason

“The best travel hack ever!!!! “Pillow” flies for free,” she wrote on the post.

Whether this hack will work, however, depends on your airline. In the video, an American passport is seen pictured next to Lakovlieva’s suitcase, but when she posted the same video to Instagram, her location said she was in Turkey, which suggests she was on an international flight.

In the US, TSA allows pillows to be brought on flights, however, different airlines have different rules when it comes to classifying pillows the size of Lakovlieva’s as either part of carry-on allowance or as “personal attire”.

Another TikTocker with the username @anayoyothe posted a video of the hack using a neck pillow instead of the kind you would use in your bed like Lakovlieva’s, which would be much more likely to work across more airlines.

“Trying the Spirit and Frontier pillow hack cuz I ain’t tryna pay $60 for carry on,” @anayoyothe said in the first shot of the video.

She demonstrates by unzipping the case on her neck pillow, removing the stuffing and taking the clothing that wouldn’t fit out of a packing cube.

“I’m going to Vegas so ya girl needs options,” she said.

“These are my mesh tops and dresses so they’re lightweight.”

@anayotothe My flight is in 3 hours let’s see how this goes! #travelhacks #budgettravel #travelpillow #blackgirltravel #blacktravelfeed ♬ original sound – Ayo!

She holds up the somewhat lumpier neck pillow once her clothes are safely inside.

In another video, she confirms the hack worked.

“I don’t know if the airport I flew out of is just more lenient but on the way to Vegas and the way back I didn’t have to pay,” she said.

She also responded to commenters who said the hack was too much effort by revealing that it only took her five minutes and a $9 travel pillow to pull off.


Featured image: iStock/Deagreez



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Wholesalers

Virtuoso uncovers key differences in how each generation travels

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly staff are conducting our own research to tap into the zoomer market by teaching the office dog TikTok dances. It’s not going well.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean Group completes its comeback with all ships back at sea

To honour the milestone, all 63 ships in the group’s fleet sounded their horns at once, which most likely scared the sh*t out of nearby fishing boats and unsuspecting wales across the world.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Virgin teams up with Flight Centre for money-can’t-buy workshop

It’s the second time a Flight Centre partnership has come up this week and it’s only Tuesday! Skroo must be feeling extra convivial this week.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“It’s more like a bribe”: Unions slam Qantas’ $5,000 ‘thank you’ payment

Speaking of bribes, if anyone would like to bribe us with an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan we promise to give you a good review on TripAdvisor.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Solomon Islands to reduce mandatory quarantine

Good news for those looking to travel across the Pacific Islands! Not so good news for those who enjoy being confined to a hotel room for days on end.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Oakwood solidifies Aussie presence with full opening of Melbourne luxury property

Looking to treat yourself? Don’t get a chocolate at the shops, book yourself a stay at the new Oakwood property in Melbourne (or do both)!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Flight Centre signs landmark agreement with Rex as pilots prepare for industrial action

While seemingly struggling to win popularity among its pilots, the regional carrier has turned to its agency partners for reassurance.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Princess reveals The Real Love Boat crew, celebrates ‘Top Gun Agents’

Say a prayer for the poor souls tasked with wrangling a ship full of reality dating contestants hell-bent on getting frisky at sea.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

How your clients can skip the rebound chaos with South America

Got clients keen to travel but hoping to avoid inflated prices and hoards of European Summer revellers? We’ve got the answer for you.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Events

Top 12 unmissable events for Italian summer trips

Summer in Italy means sunshine, gelato, promenading after dinner, Aperols overlooking the ocean, hiking, cycling…and a jam-packed events calendar.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airport queues return in anticipation of the school holidays

If you were looking for a good chance to relisten to Led Zeppelin’s entire discography but can’t find the time, we recommend booking a flight to literally anywhere from Sydney or Melbourne airport this month.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Queensland government mulls tourism tax

In response to this, the NSW government will be introducing an ice-cream tax, which has infuriated primary school kids across the state.

Share

CommentComments