Ohio student checks pool noodle on Southwest flight in viral video

Sydney Fowls, 19, from Columbus, Ohio, tested that theory last month when she checked a pool noodle onto her flight to Florida.

She posted a video of her pool noodle’s airplane adventure on TikTok, which has since been viewed more than 10.9 million times

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The clip begins by showing Fowls handing her suitcase and blue pool noodle over to a Southwest employee who was taking checked bags. 

The clip then shows the pool toy being placed on the belt by two Southwest employees who were loading other luggage and suitcases onto the plane. 

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My pool noodle traveled from Ohio —-> Florida

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The two employees appear confused by the unusual item that they loaded onto the plane.

The clip ends by showing the noodle in baggage claim, riding around the carousel. 

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Fowls told FOX 13 that her cousins — who she was traveling to Florida with — had told her to check the pool toy. At first, she said no, but when they offered her $ 20 to do it, she agreed.

However, she was surprised that Southwest allowed her to do it.

“At first I was like, Southwest is never going to let me check this, they’re going to say, carry it on with you,” she told the station.

But they did.

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In a followup video posted on TikTok a few days later, Fowls gave her “top 3 reasons” why she decided to check the toy.

Her top reason, according to the clip, was that she was given $ 20 for doing it. 

“It was a $ 20 bet!!” Fowls wrote in the clip. “As a broke college student who is an education major… I just couldn’t resist.”

 

Over a picture of the Southwest Airlines’ baggage policy web page, Fowls explained her second reason for checking the noodle. 

“I DID NOT have to pay to bring my noodle,” she wrote. “2 bags fly free (My noodle was considered my second bag).” 

Her third and final reason was also money-related, albeit a joke. 

A college student from Ohio checked a pool noodle as her free second bag on a Southwest Airlines flight to Florida. The video she posted about it on TikTok has gone viral. (iStock)

A college student from Ohio checked a pool noodle as her free second bag on a Southwest Airlines flight to Florida. The video she posted about it on TikTok has gone viral. (iStock)

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