I never thought someone could do something that would get them banned from Spirit Airlines, but I suppose showing the public a "hack" on getting around the charge for carry-ons.

It's a simple process:

  • Your boarding pass lists whether you have a carry-on added to your ticket.
  • Open PDF editor app on your phone
  • Change the "CARRY-ON BAGS" number from "0" to "1"
  • "Nobody will know"

The user, @robkallday, says he didn't actually use the hack, because his bag fit fine. Obviously, it's a joke, because changing a PDF doesn't change the attendant's computer saying "NO CARRY ON" or "CARRY ON- 1," but that didn't stop Spirit from getting upset with him.

A follow up video Rob shared a letter he received from Spirit Airlines dated just under a week after his flight date, saying he was now banned from the airline, and may appeal the decision in two years.

The Airline's letter was laid out plain and simple:

As you know, you created a video on the social media platform “TikTok” showing users how to manipulate a Spirit Airlines boarding pass and fraudulently indicate they paid for a carry-on bag to the financial detriment of Spirit Airlines. Additionally, as evidenced in the video’s comments, you have also been advising users specifically on what cell phone application they should download to carry out the scam.


In light of this egregious misconduct, Spirit Airlines has determined that you are no longer permitted to fly with us, and we have placed you on a list for that purpose. You are also barred from entering Spirit’s facilities. If you seek to circumvent this, any ticket that you purchase will be forfeited without a refund. If you come into our facilities, we will report that trespass to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.


Should you wish to travel on Spirit Airlines again in the future, after the passage of at least two years from the date of this letter, you may request that we revisit the foregoing restrictions. You may do so only by a letter explaining why we should reconsider the restriction and giving unequivocal assurances that you will conduct yourself appropriately in the future. The foregoing is extended solely as a courtesy and not as a right and we may determine not to lift the restrictions in our absolute discretion.

Should Spirit have banned him for this? It obviously was a joke, but should they have taken it at face value, or thanked him for pointing out a flaw in their system?

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