An airline passenger left internet users baffled after revealing she passed on the opportunity to get $10,000 (£7,670) worth of free flights. Watch her explain why she didn't take up the amazing offer below:
TikTok user Jess Ries was preparing to celebrate her spring break in Cancun, Mexico last month when the crew of the plane she was on revealed it couldn't take off until someone gave up their seat, which was needed to transport a crew member to Cancun in order to work on other flights.
In a clip posted online Jess claimed the flight remained grounded for at least 45 minutes as crew sought to find someone to give up their seat, but some confused viewers questioned why Jess herself didn't take the offer.
One wrote: "I would have been out of my seat so fast lol."
Another responded: "Gurl, get the next flight and take the money!!!!! Missing a few hours or even a day or two in Cancun is definitely worth that money like."
A third comment simply read: "Why didn't you take it."
JetBlue, the airline Ries says she was flying with at the time, explains it does not 'intentionally' overbook its flights, but there is still 'a slight chance' a seat will not be available for passengers who have confirmed reservations.
It explains: "If the flight is overbooked, no one will be denied a seat until airline personnel first ask for volunteers willing to give up their reservation in exchange for a payment of the airline’s choosing."
In response to those questioning her decision to stay on the plane, Jess claimed JetBlue 'doesn't have a lot of flight options' which would benefit her, and noted the credits 'expired in one year'.
"Not worth it to me," she added.
It's unclear exactly how long the passengers were in a stalemate, but later videos shared by Jess indicate she did eventually make it to Cancun. Alongside a series of clips from her trip, she wrote: "Priceless memories > flight credit."
The TikToker also assured her followers she was not 'mad' at other passengers for not taking JetBlue up on its offer, instead explaining it was 'an unfortunate situation' and she was 'irritated but it [was] no one's fault'. Jess added it was 4am at the time, and 'everyone was grumpy'.
While the offer of $10,000 was not enough to make passengers jump from their seats, Jess said someone on the plane 'ended up negotiating' the offer up to $15,000 (£11,500), allowing herself and her friends to successfully make it to their destination together.
LADbible has contacted JetBlue for a comment.
Featured Image Credit: @riesjess/TikTok