A celebrity skateboarder took drastic measures to avoid paying a carry-on fee on Spirit Airlines.
Skateboarder Avoided Spirit Airlines Carry-On Fee Through Drastic Action
Whether you are a celebrity, politician, or just an occasional traveler, Spirit Airlines restricts your carry-on items. One “personal item” which fits underneath the seat in front of you is included in your fare. If you want a second larger carry-on item for placement in an overhead bin, you have to pay up.
While you can save some money by purchasing this allowance in advance, it will cost you $89 at the gate if you get “caught” with an item that does not fit underneath the seat in front of you. This is to discourage holdouts who may end up delaying flights.
Shaun Hover, a prominent U.S. skateboarder, was told that his skateboard was too large to be his “personal” item and he would have to pay $89 to take it onboard. To confirm, Hover placed the skateboard in the carry-on sizer and indeed it was too big.
So he removed it from the slot and placed it on the ground.
He then said, “Here we go, this should do the trick,” then stomped the middle of the deck with his right leg, cracking the board. Next, he folded it in half, fully snapping it. “All right,” he he proclaimed as he tossed it into the carry-on sizer, them remarked, “How’s that?”
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The gate agent replied, “That was unnecessary, sir.”
Of course it was unnecessary…unless he wanted to avoid the $89 fee. Apparently, a new deck (the part of the skateboard you stand on) only runs about $50.
(and what a great publicity stunt)
The flight attendants onboard caught wind of what happened, were quite apologetic, and even offered him free snacks.
I’m not sure that generosity was merited. Theoretically, they could have come after him again. As one commenter on TikTok noted:
“Technically you’re allowed only one carry on item and you just turned it into two…”
I just love this story – the best of TikTok. And all kidding aside, as long as the fee disclosures are clearly disclosed during booking, Spirit Airlines was right to charge for his carry-on. His theatrics were more self-serving than anything else, but still quite clever. It’s actually a good reminder that before paying any fee for a carry-on bag or checked luggage, we should ensure the contents inside are worth the price!
One more funny thing: Hover ultimately put the broken skateboard…in the overhead bin.