- Frontier Airlines charges extra for carry-on bags, so one woman invented a workaround.
- TikToker Shewana McGee used her luggage to create a DIY Brazilian butt lift to avoid paying.
- McGee posted a video of the “BBL,” which she made by putting her belongings in the seat of her pants.
One woman found a thrifty way to skirt Frontier Airlines’ carry-on luggage fees — by giving herself a DIY Brazilian butt lift.
In a video posted to TikTok on Wednesday, Shewana McGee showed off the travel hack, which kept her from paying for a carry-on bag. According to text on the video, McGee’s one personal item was too big, meaning she would have had to splurge for a carry-on.
Frontier Airlines allows one personal item per person, but carry-ons and checked bags come with an extra fee. If passengers wait to pay for their carry-on until they get to the gate, that fee can be up to $99, according to the airline’s website.
Instead of forking over money at the gate, McGee put her belongings in the seat of her pants — creating the illusion of having a BBL.
“Keep it FREE sis,” her video’s caption read.
In a follow-up video posted the same day, McGee wrote that she got the bag flat enough to fit in Frontier’s bag-sizer, then went ahead with the BBL hack.
She wrapped a jean jacket around her waist to conceal any suspicious lumps or bumps that could give her away. A closer photo, taken without the jacket, shows a bumpy and pointy bag in the back of McGee’s pants.
McGee and representatives from Frontier did not respond to a request for comment made outside regular working hours.
The video, viewed over one million times as of Sunday, received over a thousand comments supporting the improvised butt lift. One person wondered whether anyone from Frontier questioned McGee’s new booty, to which McGee responded, “Nope.”
Commenters shared their frustrations with Frontier’s baggage policy, saying they wished they thought of the hack when charged for a carry-on at the gate.
“They charged me 99 at the gate and you’re telling me I could’ve just did this,” one person wrote.
It’s not the first wild clothing hack travelers have used to avoid paying exorbitant fees.
Earlier this year, TikTokers began posting videos about wearing fishing vests to the airport, stuffing them full of little items they couldn’t fit in their carry-on bag.
Insider reporter Hannah Towey tried the hack for herself — and made it through the airport without an issue.