There’s nothing like boarding a flight and finding out that there’s no one sitting next to you. The extra leg room and armrest almost make the stressful experience of flying bearable. But one passenger got something even better when to her surprise she boarded a completely empty flight. The Reddit user @shadybaby22 posted a photo of herself sitting on a completely empty aircraft with the caption “I got a whole plane to myself when I was accidently booked on a flight just meant for crew.”
On a flight from Rochester, New York to Washington, D.C., Redditor shadybaby22 magically found herself on a completely empty plane thanks to a clerical error. Turns out, her flight was specifically meant only for airline staff rather than the general public.
She explained further in the replies to her post. "I realized something was wrong when I was the only one in the waiting area 45 minutes before take off. One of the airport agents came over while I was waiting and asked if that was the flight I was waiting for, then said "I knew this would happen," she wrote.
"When my flight was canceled about eight hours earlier, a confused agent gave me and half the passengers a seat for the plane in the pic before another agent realized everyone could go on an earlier flight. They made an announcement on the speaker but I'd already left to go back to my parent's house nearby to wait for the next few hours. I was never contacted about the flight change."
When she got on the flight, she chose a row third from the front so she could give enough space between herself and the flight attendant.
“It seemed far enough away that if the flight attendant was taking care of something in the front it wouldn't wake me up and close enough that if she had to tell me something she wouldn't have to shout or walk far,” she said.
After sharing her story on Reddit, Beth's post quickly went viral with nearly 5,000 users commenting on her picture in less than 24 hours.