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Cam Newton Offers Stranger $1,500 to Swap Airplane Seats. His Plan Fails.

Cam Newton Offers Stranger $1,500 to Swap Airplane Seats. His Plan Fails.
Jennifer Billock

If you’ve ever had to fly in economy class, you know that a first class or business class seat experience is incomparable—and that’s just what NFL quarterback Cam Newton learned on a recent international flight from Paris back to Charlotte, North Carolina. He offered a huge sum of money to buy someone’s seat from them but his plan failed.

Poor Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers quarterback recently had to suffer through an international flight from Paris to North Carolina in—gasp!—an economy seat. We plebes may know what it’s like, but celebrities aren’t often accustomed to flying in the cramped airspace we all otherwise get stuck with on most flights. It wasn’t for lack of trying though; Newton gave a valiant effort at attempting to acquire an exit row seat with extra legroom on his flight.

Newton is a big guy. Standing tall at 6 feet 5 inches (195 cm) and 245 pounds (111 kg), it’s no wonder he wanted a better seat with more legroom on his flight back from Paris’ Men’s Fashion Week. In a video shared on Twitter by user @ElisaraEdwards (a former football player for Colorado State), the football player can be seen offering to buy a passenger’s exit row seat from them. According to the tweet, he offered a cool $1,500 for the seat—and no one agreed to it. He walked back to his own seat with a rather stunned (or embarrassed?) smile on his face.

According to CNN, the passenger Newton tried to buy the seat from added insult to injury by asking how tall Newton is before turning down the offer.

Newton’s flight in economy class was born out of necessity. The player missed his first flight which he had a business seat on and was stuck flying home to Charlotte through Dallas in economy instead.


[Featured Image: Twitter/ @ElisaraEdwards]

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  1. mvoight

    June 24, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    The price difference between first class and economy for a flight between CDG and CLT would be quite a bit more than $1500
    The price difference between business class and economy is even more than $1500.
    Given I think AA is the only airline which flies between the 2, I don’t think they even offer first class on this route.

  2. Pmun

    June 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    One way on that route on American is about $6300 ish, no wonder nobody took his offer.

  3. fahrradman

    June 24, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    You realize the fare difference between economy and business on this route can run about 3k. Why would anyone accept less money than the fare difference unless someone else paid for the ticket and they just wanted to pocket the cash. I get it that that was probably all the cash he had on him, but to be realistic I think he would need to go up significantly from the fare difference. I sit in the front of the plane a fair amount on international flights and you would have to offer me a whole lot more than the fare difference. After all, I already demonstrated I’m willing to pay for the enhanced comfort. Why would I go back to economy for peanuts.

  4. sevastras

    June 24, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    He isnt trying to buy a first class seat, he is trying to switch with someone who has a bulk head seat. Watch the video

  5. Aidan

    June 24, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    He should have offered the $1500 cash and more $$$ bank transfer if he wanted it bad enough.

  6. Dalewood

    June 26, 2019 at 5:47 am

    And the little birdie said, “Cheep, cheep, cheep.”

    I wonder what was the urgency? The Panthers are not playing this time of year. If his wife was nine months pregnant in Charlotte, he should not have gone to Paris in the first place.

  7. KRSW

    June 26, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I have no idea who this Cam person is, but I wouldn’t have taken the $1,500 either. 10 hour flight in Y? It’s going to take a lot more than that to get me to give up an exit row for 10 hrs.

    Whoever makes this guy’s travel arrangements needs to learn about routing. CDG’s a big airport. There had to be a way to re-route the guy.

  8. Clincher

    June 26, 2019 at 10:57 am

    correct, he was trying to get extra leg room in Economy. I would have taken his $1,500 and given up a FEW inches of leg room. We live in a weird world

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