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Oz man checks in single can of beer onto Qantas flight

If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, you’re not Australian

With behaviour like this, it’s little wonder Australians are largely seen as fun-loving, beer-swilling larrikins. But you’ve just got to love this… Checking in at Melbourne Airport for Qantas flight QF777 to Perth, passenger ‘Dean’ simply handed over a can of Emu Export lager.


Reinventing the term travelling light (though the beer is full strength), Dean conceived the idea with a mate at the airport after the two wondered what he could get away as checked luggage. A single deodorant can was one idea, but the can of lager was chosen as it was “way more iconic”.



“Honestly the thought of a single can of export making its way down the baggage carousel was too good to pass up so I thought I’d give it a whirl,” Dean told website Unilad.


Fortunately, and to its credit, Dean had a co-operative partner in Aussie flag carrier Qantas, who made sure the item made it back to Perth (yes, Dean had carried the tinnie all the way to Melbourne as well, but was too late to Perth Airport to check it in there).


“I was right up the back end of the plane, so I rocked up to the baggage carousel late,” he said.


“There was no luggage out yet but everyone was milling around and had their phones out so I was pretty sure I knew what was going on. 



“Sure enough there she was, alone on the carousel proudly making her way around.


“And there I was in my flanno and RMs to greet her. It was perfection.”


And if the can hadn’t appeared, the WA man said he would’ve filed a lost luggage report.


“Boutique fermented wheat and yeast, housed in cylinder of aluminium,” he joked.


Incidentally, Dean said he would open the can when it was cold and he was with his mates. Cheers Dean for putting some perspective on the important things to pack.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 12 July 2017

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