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Saw passenger sneak into 777 business (or F) class. Does this happen often?

Saw passenger sneak into 777 business (or F) class. Does this happen often?

 
Old May 29, 08, 10:09 am
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Saw passenger sneak into 777 business (or F) class. Does this happen often?

So, a couple of weeks ago, I'm sort-of-comfortably ensconcsed in seat 10D on AA 98 ORD-LHR prior to take-off, and a guy sits down in 10B, then moves to empty 10A following take-off.

When the obviously experienced FA comes by to take entree orders, he asks the other passenger his name - "Evans" - and politely indicates that that name isn't on his list.

"Oh, I bought a $500 upgrade at the gate [obviously confusing AA with UA]" - his boarding pass, of course, showed 21-something, and he was then politely escorted back to his seat.

The FA later told me "this happens all the time," which actually sort of amazed me.

Does this type of thing EVER work? (I was reminded of this by the parallel thread regarding scamming into the AC for free.)
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Old May 29, 08, 10:15 am
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I saw this happen on a flight to London a couple of months ago. I had used VIPs to upgrade my fiance and myself to J. Just before take off I noticed I guy walk up from the back of the plane and look around to see if anyone was looking and took a seat in J a couple of rows behind me. As we were taxiing, the purser came up to him and asked for his boarding pass to which he said he lost it. The purser found his name on the manifest and politely escorted him to his seat in steerage.
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Old May 29, 08, 10:19 am
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In addition to having big stones, haven't these jokers heard of 9/11?
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Old May 29, 08, 10:19 am
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must be a lhr thing,,,, I was a couple do this jfk-lhr and purser caught them just prior to take off. They just boarded at end of line and casually sat in next to last row center with empty seat between them....
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Old May 29, 08, 10:21 am
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If I were FA, I would let this guy stay in J, and give him a bill at the end of the flight for full fare J: "did you enjoy our J? That will be $3000 add-collect". I don't think anyone else would try it again.
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Old May 29, 08, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by nsr View Post
If I were FA, I would let this guy stay in J, and give him a bill at the end of the flight for full fare J: "did you enjoy our J? That will be $3000 add-collect". I don't think anyone else would try it again.
Unfortunately, mopes like that would just laugh in the FA's face and walk off.

OTOH, they DO have the special police at LHR to take drunks and other arriving undesirables into custody.......
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Old May 29, 08, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by nytango View Post
must be a lhr thing,,,, I was a couple do this jfk-lhr and purser caught them just prior to take off. They just boarded at end of line and casually sat in next to last row center with empty seat between them....
Would have been classic if the purser had escorted them right off the plane.
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Old May 29, 08, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by nsr View Post
If I were FA, I would let this guy stay in J, and give him a bill at the end of the flight for full fare J: "did you enjoy our J? That will be $3000 add-collect". I don't think anyone else would try it again.
I would love to see the look on this guy's face if this happened. I would pay to see this happen actually.

Originally Posted by jpzeller
The FA later told me "this happens all the time," which actually sort of amazed me.
As you indicated, it wouldn't surprise me if the "jetsfan" guy trying to scam his way into the AC tried this.
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Old May 29, 08, 10:30 am
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Unfortunately, contract law doesn't work that way - fails for lack of consideration on the part of the passenger. There's a lovely thread in OMNI right now on ridiculous requests for undue compensation like that, if you want details.
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Originally Posted by jpzeller View Post
Unfortunately, mopes like that would just laugh in the FA's face and walk off.
A smart FA would ask for their name and then their order, check the passenger manifest, then report it to AA to send the bill to the address or credit card on their economy ticket.
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Old May 29, 08, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by 777-DCA View Post
A smart FA would ask for their name and then their order, check the passenger manifest, then report it to AA to send the bill to the address or credit card on their economy ticket.
Sweeet.......
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Old May 29, 08, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by stevenshev View Post
Unfortunately, contract law doesn't work that way - fails for lack of consideration on the part of the passenger. There's a lovely thread in OMNI right now on ridiculous requests for undue compensation like that, if you want details.
What lack of consideration on the part of the passenger?? How about theft of services?
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Old May 29, 08, 11:20 am
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I have seen this happen a couple of times - once on a flight from Chicago to Miami, another on a Miami to Denver. Both times the FA caught it but on the first occasion it was a woman who was adamant (English not good) that she was entitled to FC.
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Old May 29, 08, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by jpzeller View Post
haven't these jokers heard of 9/11?
What does 9/11 have to do with someone trying to steal an upgrade?
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Old May 29, 08, 11:37 am
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last year during boarding on a DFW-EZE, a Y pax took the J pillow & duvet from an unoccupied J seat back to their seat with them. The J pax eventually arrived, and was looking around for their pillow, I pointed backward, and the FA went and retrieved it. Did they really think nobody would notice that big white pillow and duvet back there ?

The main reason I board Int'l J when called is so that my ammenity kit isn't swiped by the time I get there.
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