Empty seat in F

Old Jul 12, 14, 8:23 pm
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Empty seat in F

Flew BOS-LAX this morning and was in F. Ten minutes after takeoff, two seats in F were open. FA paged two passengers to hit their call button, neither of whom did. Five minutes later, a passenger who had clearly been sprinting to make the flight walked onto the plane and took one of the F seats, at which point the boarding door closed. The plane then left for LAX without upgrading anybody into the final seat in F.

Is this common? Surely there were medallions on this flight who could have used the seat.
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Old Jul 12, 14, 8:28 pm
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IME, it is not very common especially on longer flights.
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Old Jul 12, 14, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by steveholt View Post
Flew BOS-LAX this morning and was in F. Ten minutes after takeoff, two seats in F were open. FA paged two passengers to hit their call button, neither of whom did. Five minutes later, a passenger who had clearly been sprinting to make the flight walked onto the plane and took one of the F seats, at which point the boarding door closed. The plane then left for LAX without upgrading anybody into the final seat in F.

Is this common? Surely there were medallions on this flight who could have used the seat.
The passenger was most definitely sprinting to make the flight considering they caught up to it 10+ minutes after takeoff!
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Old Jul 12, 14, 9:14 pm
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Likely a ton of people who were eligible but chose to board and lost their place. At T-10, the flight closes and the priority is on an ontime push, not running through an UG list.
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Old Jul 12, 14, 9:45 pm
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Originally Posted by stealthmidget View Post
The passenger was most definitely sprinting to make the flight considering they caught up to it 10+ minutes after takeoff!
He WAS pretty fast.
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Old Jul 12, 14, 10:14 pm
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Ten minutes after takeoff and airborne ??

Then, 5 minutes later (cabin door closed and aircraft in the air ?) - a pax simply walked onto the aircraft - wow, amazing.

I believed it's oops - just a typo - 10 minutes BEFORE takeoff ... then, 5 minutes later (still 5 more minutes to shutting the cabin door, lock & cross-check, etc. before taxi out to takeoff roll)
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Old Jul 12, 14, 10:17 pm
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sounds like the GA tried to page two people who did not respond---I'm guessing that they were not on the plane yet and that one of them was the guy running.

Its possible the GA knew they were not on the plane and was just double checking to make sure they did not board without scanning. Maybe the GA was trying to hold the F seat for the PAX, who maybe had a late connection. This could be an example of a GA going above and beyond to protect the upgrade for the medallion.

Also, BOS-LAX could be a medallion light flight, especially on a Saturday. Neither city is a hub so maybe there were no other upgrades to process.
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Old Jul 12, 14, 10:59 pm
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Originally Posted by steveholt View Post
He WAS pretty fast.
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Old Jul 12, 14, 11:31 pm
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Originally Posted by steveholt View Post
Flew BOS-LAX this morning and was in F. Ten minutes after takeoff, two seats in F were open. FA paged two passengers to hit their call button, neither of whom did. Five minutes later, a passenger who had clearly been sprinting to make the flight walked onto the plane and took one of the F seats, at which point the boarding door closed. The plane then left for LAX without upgrading anybody into the final seat in F.

Is this common? Surely there were medallions on this flight who could have used the seat.
Was the guy a wing walker?
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Old Jul 13, 14, 12:45 am
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I'm still lost at...10 minutes AFTER takeoff, then 5 minutes later somebody runs through the front entrance!

:Faints:
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Old Jul 13, 14, 12:49 am
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Originally Posted by lcbj68c View Post
I'm still lost at...10 minutes AFTER takeoff, then 5 minutes later somebody runs through the front entrance!

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10 minutes after takeoff? Reminds me of this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y51IFVB-7Oc&feature=kp
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Perhaps he got the Porche service?
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Old Jul 13, 14, 1:07 am
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. . . . . Or perhaps the OP had a little too much Woodford.
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Old Jul 13, 14, 1:17 am
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Not that uncommon on Saturday flights IME. I had 2 open seats in F on IAD - MSP today and two of the taken seats were occupied by non-rev's. ATL - BWI last Saturday was full in F but there were only 4 or 5 paying customers, the rest were non-rev (either uniformed or I overheard them talking about work).
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