20060102, 15:31  #1 
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}·97 Posts 
Airport Checkin
TravisT made a point about most people here having seen a lot of puzzles before, and they are looking for something with an extra slant to them. Okay, try this.
A passenger is going on holiday, and gets to the airport with 5 bags weighing: 3.4, 4, 12.2, 14.8 and 18.8kg. She is allowed to take 20kg checkedin, plus one bag of no more than 7kg as onboard luggage. After that she has to pay the excess baggage fee which is calculated at the following rates: 110kg extra = $10 1115kg extra = $20 1620kg extra = $50 2125kg extra = $80 2630kg extra = $120 She has already tried getting rid of shoes, she pulled out one pair which saved her 1.3kg, but she really wants to take the other four pairs on holiday with her. She also tried chatting up a couple of guys to see if they would take her extra bags as their onboard luggage, with no success. What does she do? 
20060102, 20:17  #2  
Dec 2002
11·73 Posts 
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20060102, 21:39  #3 
Nov 2005
South Carolina
4D_{16} Posts 
Simple answer.
Hands over 80 bucks for fees. 
20060102, 23:46  #4  
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}×97 Posts 
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Try to be a bit more imaginative. p.s. I'm not suggesting you should go to work with no socks on. 

20060104, 17:54  #5 
Aug 2003
Upstate NY, USA
2×163 Posts 
EDIT: On second thought I will spoilerize my possibly illegal attempt:
1) Checkin the 18.8kg bag, 12.2kg, and 3.4kg bags (paying $20 for excess weight) 2) Carryon the 4kg bag 3) Pay 'someone' $30 to check in the 14.8kg bag (so 'someone' makes $10 or more if they are not already in excess of their checkin) Our person now only pays $50 Last fiddled with by tom11784 on 20060104 at 17:56 
20060104, 18:16  #6 
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}×97 Posts 
Not the answer I had in mind, but it's hard to find fault with this. Except that in today's increased security you would be hard pressed to find someone to check your bag as if it were their own.
So, now our traveller only pays $50 for excess baggage. Can anyone think of a cheaper option? 
20060104, 20:03  #7 
"Sander"
Oct 2002
52.345322,5.52471
29·41 Posts 
After she takes out here shoes, she devides the lugage in such a way that she carries 17 Kg on board luggage,
for which she has to pay $10 (payed at the gate?). For the remaining 14.9 Kg she pays $20 when checking in. Last fiddled with by smh on 20060104 at 20:04 
20060104, 23:58  #8 
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}·97 Posts 
I've never actually had my carryon weighed, so I don't know how they could check that she had to pay $10 for hers. If she was honest and admitted it they would probably tell her that she was only allowed 7kg and anything else had to be checkedin. If she kept quiet about it she might even get away with it without paying the $10.
You're also being a bit fast and loose with this "rearranges her baggage in such a way" stuff. But hey, we're only talking about 0.5kg, a couple of towels or something, and in desperation she is a little less picky about how she does her packing. So okay, she does this. Now we're down to $30. She's saved $50 already just by thinking about it. But is there a cheaper option? 
20060106, 16:29  #9 
Jul 2005
182_{16} Posts 
Answer in spoiler tags please....

20060106, 16:55  #10  
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}×97 Posts 
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If a mod could amend that I would be grateful. 

20060106, 17:02  #11 
Jul 2005
2×193 Posts 
No, I was asking for the answer since it's been bugging me too long. :)
You can PM it to me instead, that would save people the need for will power... 
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