People who are irrationally into one beer brand, please celebrate your newest hero: an Australian traveler named Dean Stinson. This weekend on a flight from Melbourne to Perth, the ultralight packer checked a solitary can of Emu Export as the entirety of his luggage. Why is complicated, but essentially it boils down to this: He brought the lager — which is brewed in Perth, but impossible to get in Melbourne — with him when he left Perth, and didn’t want to sacrifice it to board his Qantas Airways flight home. That, plus he also tells Mashable, “It honestly just seemed like a good laugh.”
Initially, Stinson says he faced “some resistance” at the automated check-in kiosk. “It wouldn’t register the can as a bag,” he explains, “so I had to use some creative tray stacking to fool it into thinking there was a bag on the conveyor. Was bloody stoked when it finally went green and zoomed off.” He also “half didn’t expect” he’d ever see his Emu Export again, but tells the Daily Mail he was 100 percent prepared to make a lost-luggage claim in the event he didn’t. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.
Qantas warns that passengers “must not include in your Checked Baggage” any “fragile, delicate or perishable items,” but technically Stinson wasn’t violating that rule, as he had no bag at all. He gave Qantas’s baggage handlers props anyway — the Melbourne team could’ve “confiscated” the can, but he says it emerged undamaged in Perth, and was even “well in front of all the other luggage” on the carousel.