Never Use This TikTok Travel ‘Hack’

A “travel hack” is currently going viral on TikTok, promising to reliably get you to the front of the line when you’re boarding a flight and/or let you pass to the front of customs security lines. I’m not going to share the videos, because they’re trash, but it works like this: You pretend you’re injured, even going as far as saying you need a wheelchair. The airline isn’t going to call you a liar; they’re going to load you in a wheelchair and push you to the front of the line so you can pre-board and use up all the carry-on space. Sometimes they’ll hustle you past that long line at security, too. This is what is known as an arsehole move.

Pretending to need disability accommodations is great for you, but not for the people who actually need the wheelchair you’re sitting in, and not for the people you just hopped in front of. If you take advantage of others like this, you’re being a bad person.

Yet apparently there are a lot of bad people out there. Feigning injury has become so popular that Heathrow Airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye named it as one of the reasons Heathrow has been such a nightmare for travellers lately.

“For passengers requiring wheelchair support, we have had more demand than we’ve had before the pandemic. Some of this is because people are using the wheelchair support to get fast tracked through the airport,” airport-chaos/”Holland-Kaye told London Broadcast Company. “That’s absolutely the wrong thing to be doing. We need to protect that for the people who most need help,” he added.

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Heathrow boss says TikTok wheelchair ‘travel hack’ to blame for additional airport delays: Reports

The chief of Heathrow Airport has blamed a popular TikTok “travel hack” for additional delays, due to passengers pretending to be disabled or injured in order to skip queues.

Speaking to LBC Radio on Monday (Jul 25), Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said there has been more demand for wheelchair support at the airport compared to pre-pandemic times.

“Some of this is because people are using the wheelchair support to try to get fast-tracked through the airport. That is absolutely the wrong thing to be doing.”

When asked if some people were abusing the rules by pretending they needed wheelchair assistance, Mr Holland-Kaye confirmed it and pointed to supposed “travel hacks” that were being recommended on TikTok. 

“Please don’t do that, we need to protect the service for the people who need it most.”

In a TikTok video posted in June, user WolfJenko said that he pretended to be injured in order to get through airport security faster.

“Faked hurting my leg to get through security faster and onto the plane back from Ibiza,” he wrote in a video caption. 

The video also showed him being pushed on a wheelchair through airport security, bypassing snaking lines of other passengers. He also said he had an entire row of seats on the flight to himself.

According to the Telegraph, the man was a 28-year-old student who had travelled from Turkey to Bristol.

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Tik Toker slammed for scamming airport disability support with ‘travel hack’ | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Multiple social media users have been taking to the platform to share their “travel hacks” to board a plane faster including faking an injury to receive a wheelchair. Broadcaster Henry Bonsu told the Jeremy Vine show: “It’s not good at all because for who genuinely are disabled like Frank Gardener, the BBC’s security correspondent. There aren’t enough people to help him with his issues. Look at what people are saying at Heathrow and Luton.

“The number of people who are asking for help is going through the roof.

“It’s way more than during the pandemic. The question is, what’s behind it?

“Is it hacks or is it something else, are people becoming much more disabled than they were?!”

Columnist Carole Malone added: “That really makes me sick. I’ve seen people get into the buggies because sometimes you have half a mile to walk before you get to the plane.

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“I’ve seen them do that and I actually want to say to them, ‘get out of that’ because my mum used to need one all the time and could never get one.”

Heathrow airport‘s chief executive John Holland-Kaye described this as “the wrong thing to be doing”.

He told LBC: “For passengers requiring wheelchair support we have more demand than we had before the pandemic.

“Why is that happening? Some of this is because people are using the wheelchair support to try to get fast-track through the airport.

A video showing a passenger skipping queues at Ibiza Airport, Spain, by feigning injury to get a wheelchair has been viewed 2.5 million times on TikTok.

The man is shown standing up and walking away after the flight.

Mr Holland-Kaye added that about half of arriving passengers who request

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