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The Many Ways Economy Passengers Try to Sneak Into Business Class

The Many Ways Economy Passengers Try to Sneak Into Business Class
Jennifer Billock

Economy passengers seem to think they’re clever with the multitude of ways they’ve been trying to sneak into business class. But flight attendants recently spoke up to tell their flight class climbing passengers that they know what they’re up to. They’ve seen everything, and they’re not afraid to call passengers out and send them right back to economy. 

Flight attendants have seen it all, and they want economy passengers to know: you aren’t fooling anyone with the ways you try to sneak into business class. And even though some of you think you’re actually getting away with it, you’re probably not; you’re just party to a particularly generous flight attendant.

According to flight attendants surveyed by The Daily Mail, they’ve seen everything from people trying to sneak in under a blanket like it’s some sort of invisibility cloak to someone saying it was doctor’s orders that they must sit in business class. And even just going up and taking an empty seat won’t work. Flight attendants have access to a seat map that shows whether a business class seat should be empty or not.

It’s important to know that while some passengers may consider it a game to try and sneak it, there could actually be serious consequences to the practice.

“A passenger might think it’s a fun game trying to sneak into a higher class of service, but as crew, we are not amused,” cabin manager Jay Robert told The Daily Mail. “Those seats are the products we sell, and when you try to take something you didn’t pay for, that’s stealing. If you cross the wrong crew member you could be facing security and a gate agent ready to accept payment for the difference in fare you tried to dodge paying once you reach your destination.”


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  1. AlastairGordon

    November 8, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I bet once in a while someone gets away with it. Probably quite a few FAs are less than vigilant when it comes to studying the seat maps.

  2. Dublin_rfk

    November 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    One airline solved this issue. By filling the empty seats with status customers.

  3. Bubu Bubak

    November 8, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Oh yes, they call it steal when economy pax do this (because they did not pay for it), but it is perfectly acceptable, when airline involuntarily downgrade you offering pathetic irrelevant compensation and give you no choice…

  4. DragonSoul

    November 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    One Y passenger tried to join J spouse on a SQ night flight I was on. They were sharing the bed when the crew noticed the Y pax there!

    (J spouse ended up joining the Y pax in Y.)

  5. fotographer

    November 9, 2018 at 5:20 am

    you are assuming that there a empty business seats
    most flights I have been on, business class is full

  6. Cymbo

    November 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Indeed, I haven’t seen a vacant seat in Business for several years now.

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