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I flew recently and when getting the ticket at the check in stand, they weighed my carry on. It was underweight so everything was fine. Later when boarding the flight they did not weight the bags again, so anything I bought at the duty free was fine.

Sometimes I bring food with me to eat during my ~3 hours at the airport. If I am travelling with the family, the food can weight quite a bit. Due to the recent issues with receiving the check in luggage, I would prefer to fly only with carry on and carefully fill it to the max.

What would happen if during check-in my bag was too heavy, but I planned on eating and lightening it before boarding? Will they refuse to give me my boarding pass?

(now an absurd followup question) Assuming that the above excuse is good, I noticed that they did not weight my bag at boarding. If I was grossly overweight with, what I (falsely) claimed to be kilograms of food, would I be able to use the same excuse?

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    I think this depends on the mood of the check-in staff...
    – Sabine
    Jul 28 at 7:15
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    I can say that, in the US, I've never had my carry-on bag weighed, ever. Checked baggage, yes, but then they take it away so I'm not eating any food out of it.
    – Jon Custer
    Jul 28 at 14:32
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    @jcaron Such as?? Jul 28 at 15:47
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    @AzorAhai-him- anything with liquid (or liquid-ish) in it
    – Esther
    Jul 28 at 15:52
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    split the food between passengers
    – Max
    Jul 28 at 16:34

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What would happen if during check-in my bag was too heavy, but I planned on eating and lightening it before boarding? Will they refuse to give me my boarding pass?

The comment by Sabine is right:

This depends on the mood of the check-in staff.

The worst that can reasonably happen is that they tell you your carry-on bag is too heavy. Then you can take out all the food. They will weigh it again and accept it. Then you can put the food back in ;-). Or you have to eat it all before returning to the check-in desk. Just try to avoid it all ending up in the airplane sick bag…

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    The worst that will happen is that you have to eat your food before the check-in desk.
    – Stuart F
    Jul 28 at 11:34
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    I would just carry it separately. If security won't allow it through, step aside and eat it. If it's out of the bag, its weight isn't an issue.
    – WGroleau
    Jul 28 at 17:43

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