“As long as you make it through security, you should be able to check it at the gate for no charge (as long as you aren’t in basic economy.
“With many flights at or near capacity, most gate agents will gladly take bags of your hands if it means fewer travellers trying to cram roll-boards into the overhead bins during the boarding process.”
Posting on forum site Reddit, one flier posted: “Not much of a traveller. My checked bag is overweight, albeit not by much but I cannot eliminate anymore or re-pack using personal item any further etc. Please help me.”
Hundreds of people commented on how this person could make sure that they don’t have to pay any excess baggage fees when they arrive at the airport.