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While budget airlines offer a low-cost way to jet away, they also come with strict luggage limitations too. Ryanair recently switched up its hand baggage restrictions, much to the fury of travellers, while many firms charge high prices in order to store a suitcase in the hold. The price means those heading overseas are forced to cram all their belongings into a small bag to take on the plane, or wear lots of layers for their flight in order to get their garments to their destination. Meanwhile, others are put off holidays entirely when taking into account the premium for a simple suitcase.

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Yet a top travel attendant has now revealed just how to swerve the cost – and get to your final destination for free.

They told Readers’ Digest: “If you want to take your luggage into the airplane and not pay for check baggage fees, take your bags to the gate and just say you are willing to check your luggage at the gate to free up space.

“The gate attendant will almost always check it free of charge.”

This seemingly relies on the good will and caring nature of the assistant to not take too strong a glance at the size of your holdall.

Yet if successful, it would save the stress of stuffing the items into the restricted storage space over your head.

Flight secrets: A top tip to check luggage in for free (Image: Getty)

Meanwhile, the one major habit that leaves cabin crew disgusted when passengers make it on board for their flight has come to light.

A former air hostess has revealed the most disgusting thing a traveller can do while they are thousands of miles above sea level, and the reveal may come as somewhat of a surprise.

Linda Ferguson, flight attendant, said: “Flight attendants have seen everything from vomit to blood to spilled food hit that carpet.

“We see people walking from their seats into the bathrooms all the time barefoot and we cringe because those floors are full of germs.”

Linda, who worked as a flight attendant for 24 years, added: “Never walk barefoot into the bathroom or the galley area because sometimes we drop glasses and there could be sharp glass there, too.”

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Some sage words of advice for those who like to remove their shoes for the journey.

While she is not suggesting this should not happen, passengers should perhaps be aware to slip them back on before going for a stroll to release their legs, or trip to the on-board bathroom.

A secret about the interaction between cabin crew staff has also been revealed.

A pilot and former airline employee has revealed there is one specific time on the route where all talking between staff – both pilots and flight attendants – is banned.

Amanda Twine has let slip it is when the aircraft is travelling below 10,000ft – and guarantees passengers will not hear a peep from staff.


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