My father used to travel a lot when I was a kid and I would dream of going around the world with him. Not just because I wanted to spend time with him, but because I wanted to become an international man of mystery. James Bond was always going to exotic locations, so why couldn't some fat Eastern European kid from suburban New York?
Trouble is, my father didn't want to take me out of school to go on these business trips with him, so I always thought I'd just hide in his luggage and voila, problem solved.
I never actually went through with the idea, and I'm glad I didn't. I never accounted for the fact that luggage isn't exactly handled with care and that the temperature in the cargo bay is usually lower than the rest of the cabin. Then there's possible suffocation/being crushed by bags. It could've been very bad for a young child.
This vlogger claims to have smuggled himself on an airplane, allegedly living out the fantasies of children and budget travelers everywhere.
Adam Saleh, a 22-year-old YouTuber, posted the video as proof of his adventure on Australia's Tigerair. His friends put the bag through the airline's computerized checkout service, and Saleh was supposedly on his way.
But Tigerair is calling shenanigans. They released a statement saying that Saleh's video is fake and he sat on the plane - and they have footage to prove it.
"There are a few inconsistencies in your production that don't line up with reality. Anything over 32kg gets rejected and our friendly staff would have stepped in to assist with options, as indeed they did. We have the footage.
It gets pretty cold at 36,000 feet without any heating. Had you been in the baggage hold, by the time you arrived in Sydney you would have been a popsicle."
Thirdly, we have footage of you boarding the aircraft (using your legs) … Given what you have portrayed could have resulted in serious injury or worse to you and the people around you, we'd suggest you [remove] the video promptly."
Tigerair told Mashable that they were taking the video seriously and asked that the video be removed.
"We can confirm that the footage is not genuine and we have requested that the footage be removed as a consequence. Tigerair Australia has a zero tolerance [policy] for inappropriate behaviour and has investigated this matter as a priority."
If Saleh's other YouTube videos are any indication, he'll probably chalk this one up as an elaborate prank. It's hard to see how anyone took his video seriously in the first place, regardless of how it was edited.