A British traveler has been snubbed online after pretending to be injured so he could wait in line for more than two hours at an airport in Turkey.
“I faked hurting my leg to get through security and onto the plane faster,” wrote sightseeing scammer Wolf Jenkins — known as @wolfjenko on TikTok — in a video that has racked up 1 million views .
He said he came up with the security acceleration scheme because “the queue was out front and we knew we’d missed our flight” from Bodrum to his hometown of Bristol, Deadline reported.
“I’d say at least a two-hour wait to get through security and check-in,” Jenkins claimed. “The queue in front of the airport was amazing, I didn’t expect that at all.”
That’s when the idea came up. “I saw people in wheelchairs being pushed through, so my friend was waiting in line and I went outside and took off my shoe and sock,” the travel hacker described. “Then I hobbled back to the door and a member of staff asked me if I needed help, so I said I sprained my ankle at the hotel just before I got into my cab.”
In the resulting one-minute clip, captioned “Amazing What Taking A Sock Off Can Do,” the scammer can be seen removing his foot covering to fake an ankle sprain. Footage then shows him being escorted through various security checkpoints by unsuspecting airport staff.
“Sorry, so much pain here,” the narrator intones with mock sincerity as Jenkins skirts various lines and at one point makes his way through a “wheelchair-only” security queue — echoing his accomplices as he goes. His wheelchair ride ends with an employee pushing the nitwit into the terminal while profusely “thanking” him.
Jenkins painted the scene, describing: “I was then taken through security and had to check myself in straight away and they asked me if I was fit to fly but I said I just made it and I could walk if I had to. But they said not to worry and let me through.”
And the illegitimate ride on the sauce plane didn’t end here. While Jenkins and his friends were originally scheduled to sit in different parts of the plane, upon noticing his “predicament,” staff gave them a “full row of six seats to sit with each other,” Jenkins said.
To add insult to the fake injury, he said: “The staff were the same as on the flight out there so they remembered us and were extremely friendly.”
The clip ends with Jenkins, now safely at his destination, putting his shoe back on and walking away from his wheelchair, laughing.
Needless to say, his time-saving stunt earned him props from fellow travelers on TikTok with a caption, “Get cash boy!”
“Work smart not hard,” said another admirer, while a newfound fan declared, “Deffo with this trick.”
However, others found his cell phone cap hack insensitive to the disabled. “This is really not funny, some of us really need this!!!” raged one critic, while another called the move a “new low”.
However, Jenkins claims that the measure was not malicious. “It was all just a way to get through and make sure we didn’t miss our flight.”