Travelling, especially alone, can be mildly terrifying. If the whine of the engines isn't enough to irritate you, the cramped quarters, lack of leg room and screaming baby that always happens to be around will certainly do the job. But one lucky Reddit user recently experienced the unheard of: a whole plane to herself. Hardly a miracle, the occurrence was due to a booking error which landed the woman on a crew-only flight.
Earlier this week, Reddit user shadybaby22 shared a selfie on the r/mildlyinteresting board on the site, explaining her situation in the caption: "I got a whole plane to myself when I was accidentally booked on a flight just meant for moving crew." The thread quickly caught the interest of other Reddit users who were equal parts jealous and curious about the situation.
The flight, from Rochester, New York, to Washington DC took off at about 1am after the women's earlier flight had been cancelled.
In reply, she explained further, "I realised 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'. When my flight was cancelled about eight hours earlier, a confused agent gave me and half the passengers a seat for the plane in the pic before another agent realised 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."
Some other Reddit users joked that the in-flight service must have been incredible and encouraged the woman to take advantage of the free snacks provided. Redditor y8xi suggested she should ask for "All of the snacks you would normally give to everyone on this plane."
But the woman decided against demanding special treatment. "It was a short flight, so I didn't ask for anything." However, she admitted to taking advantage of the extra cabin space, stretching out across a row of seats.
While having an entire plane to yourself is rare, it has happened before. In October last year, a British woman found herself alone on a flight from Glasgow to Crete when the only other two expected passengers did not show up. Similarly, in September 2016 a couple, also from Britain, took advantage of their empty flight from Thailand to Malaysia, joking and dancing with crew. Fair behaviour when you have a entire plane to yourself.