Woman Pays £46 For Plane Ticket, Then Finds Out She's Only Customer And Gets VIP Treatment
A Scottish woman who boarded a £46 ($60) flight to Crete found herself receiving the VIP treatment after she was the only person to show up for the flight.
Staff at Glasgow airport had expected 57-year-old Karon Grieve to be joined by another couple, as a total of three people were booked on the plane, however their failure to show meant she was the only passenger on board the Jet2 flight, and she was offered a choice of seats.
During the flight, the pilot decided the occasion was ripe for a bit of banter. He gave a running commentary from the cockpit, addressing her over the intercom by her first name and pointing out the countries they were flying over - and she was even handed her suitcase right from the plane.
Speaking today from Crete, Karon said: "When I went to the check-in desk, we were actually having a joke about how many people were on the flight, because last year when I was away there was only eight people on the flight.
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"He asked me to guess so we started this guessing game, starting at ten and working our way down.
"We then got down to three as there were another two people who were booked on the flight but they didn't show up.
"So as soon as I got on the flight, it was just me, the cabin crew and the pilot.
"They moved me to seat number one so I had all the leg room and everything, it was fantastic.
"The pilot then came out and chatted to me before take-off, and throughout the flight was documenting what we were doing and where we were going.
"She would come over the tannoy saying, 'Hi Karon and the girls,' telling us when to look out the window and what to look out for.
"At one point there was this incredible lightning storm so the pilot had us all watching that which was just fantastic.
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"The crew were wandering around and said just to call if I needed anything. I even got a free meal which was great. They said I could run up and down the plane if I wanted, I had all the space to myself. It was so peaceful and I got a lot of work done.
"I didn't even have to wait for my luggage, It just got handed to me when I got off the plane.
"Funnily enough, the same plane going back was booked with 189 passengers heading home."
Karon is now enjoying a month-long holiday in Crete where she is working on her upcoming romantic crime novel, A Cosy Crime.
A spokeswoman for Jet2 said: "We're delighted Karon got to experience our VIP customer service in style.
"It is not unusual for the final outbound flight of the season to have fewer bookings than normal.
"We hope Karon has a fantastic time in Crete."
Fair play, sounds like she's had exactly the opposite of most people's budget airline experiences.
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