- An anonymous traveler said they managed to sneak into business class on a long-haul flight despite having an economy ticket.
- Writing for The Telegraph, the flier explained how they lived the high life on an eight-hour British Airways flight from Singapore to Sydney.
- The Telegraph said it had proof that the story is true, but British Airways said it couldn’t verify the claims if the passenger remained anonymous.
- The airline told INSIDER it’s extremely unlikely the flier would have managed to pull this off.
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We’ve all thought about it.
As you peer round the curtain from your cramped economy seat and catch a glimpse of the Champagne being handed out just a few meters away, you sigh and gaze longingly at a travel experience that is so close, yet so far.
And it hurts all the more when, walking past the plush pods of business class to get to the coach section, you realize there are empty seats.
It would be so easy, it sometimes seems, to simply sneak into one of those seats. Most of us, however, would never dare.
But one person claims to have done just that.
An anonymous traveler wrote for The Telegraph that they managed to sneak into business class on a recent British Airways flight – and stay there for the eight-hour journey from Singapore to Sydney.
The writer said they hatched their plan after a particularly unpleasant first leg of their journey from the UK to Australia.
“When I prepared to board the plane again for the second leg of the journey to Sydney, I waited for every single other passenger to get on first,” they said.
“I lurked surreptitiously at the gates, pretending to be on my phone, until the very last harried mother dragged her three kids onboard and one of the staff ushered me in behind them.”
This way, they knew any empty business-class seat would genuinely be unoccupied, they said.
Of course, the next potential hurdle would be a request to show a business-class ticket to the cabin crew upon boarding the plane. But the traveler said that somehow they got away with it.
“I brazenly flashed my economy class ticket at the smiling air stewardess, who clearly didn’t properly inspect it, walked straight over to that seat in the darkest corner of business class, and sat down,” they said.
“I genuinely think, upon reflection, that most airline staff must assume no-one would be mad or stupid enough to try a stunt like this.”
The traveler went on to say that they felt nervous and tense for the first 90 minutes of the flight but then relaxed.
They said they passed on the complimentary Champagne, fancy dinner, and breakfast, concerned that if their seat was meant to be empty, there might not be enough food on board – and also probably feeling a bit guilty about what they called a “diabolical” crime.
However, they said they didn’t have any qualms about “raiding the complimentary kit of goodies” and enjoying some shut-eye while reclined flat under an “absurdly soft blanket.”
The writer seems as surprised as anyone that they got away with this but said they did feel guilty as the flight came to an end.
- British Airways
While The Telegraph said it had verified the story, British Airways said it could not confirm it without the writer’s anonymity being lifted.
When INSIDER asked the airline what would happen if an economy passenger were to sneak into business class, a representative said it’s incredibly unlikely that this would ever happen, because cabin crews have seat maps for each flight to know which seats are meant to be occupied and which should be vacant.
“We want all of our customers to be comfortable in whichever cabin they choose to fly, and our cabin crew are trained to deliver excellent service to everyone,” British Airways told INSIDER in a statement.
“Our cabin crew access and check the passenger seating system on their iPads on every flight and would be aware of any additional customers who had moved to a different seat than the one printed on their boarding pass.”