Turns Out The Viral Footage Of Man’s ‘Private Jet’ Experience Wasn't Quite What It Seemed
Remember Vincent Peone, the dude who went viral after sharing a video of his 'private jet' experience from Delta Air Lines after supposedly being the only person flying that day?
His journey looked slick as hell, with personalised security messages and the chance to go and meet the pilot, making us all severely jealous as we recounted our very own flying exploits - which usually involve delays, several obnoxious kids playing on unmuted iPads, the faint smell of fart and greedy arm rest hoggers.
The only thing is, Peone's classy, exclusive treatment wasn't quite what we thought... As it turns out that damn plane never even took off.
Peone, a writer and director from Saugerties, New York, was flying with Delta Air Lines from Aspen, Colorado, to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Last week @Delta gave me my own private jet...kind of. pic.twitter.com/p14OGLw1jv
- vincent peone (@vincentpeone) August 12, 2019
He documented the lavish treatment he received on Twitter, writing: "Last week @Delta gave me my own private jet...kind of."
However, on Wednesday, the airline said that, while he did indeed board the plane alone, Flight 3652 never actually departed.
Delta spokesperson Anthony Black told the Washington Post: "Delta Connection Flight 3652 last week pushed back but shortly returned to the gate due to a maintenance issue. The aircraft departed a short time later without any customers onboard."
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Delta had actually replied to Peone's post at the time - seemingly confirming what had happened - tweeting: "Hi Vincent! That looks like an awesome experience! Thank you for the shoutout, and we truly appreciate you for choosing Delta! Take care."
In an interview with Washington Post earlier this week, Peone had also said he was 'Diamond Medallion' status, so Delta was 'very good' to him.
He hinted that, not only did he board the flight as the only passenger, but also flew on it solo too, adding: "It reminded me of an experience you'd have flying in the 50s or something. It was very positive, and [the flight crew] thought it was funny. But I was like: Why would they even do this? Why even fly the plane? Delay me or cancel or something."
However, since then he's changed his tune a bit, having tweeted to say that while the video was real, the plane in the footage wasn't actually the one he flew on.
"Thank you Delta for an awesome experience last week," he tweeted.
"My video was 100% true... and then I stopped filming. After the private jet broke down again with mechanical problems, I took a normal one the following morning.
"The footage I have tells a short, funny, and positive story - because those are the kind of stories I like to tell. I make comedy! Consider it the Director's cut. I had some laughs with the amazing crew while living the dream. The story took off fast, but the plane didn't."
I mean, the fact he got to go and explore a completely empty plane by himself is also pretty cool... But still.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Vincent Peone