Only passenger on a flight?

Old Jan 25, 18, 6:11 am
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Only passenger on a flight?

Yesterday I was the sole passenger on a Delta flight from LGA to ORD. It was definitely a unique experience. (For example, after we landed in ORD, the pilot told me he was going to have the plane cleaned up, and I should call him when I'm ready to go back. )

I was amazed that Delta would let a plane fly with only one passenger. And it ended up going back from ORD to LGA with only 5 people, so it wasn't because the plane was needed in ORD.

Has anyone else ever experienced being the ONLY passenger on a flight?
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Old Jan 25, 18, 6:39 am
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I hope you hadn't checked a bag because you were concerned about OHB space.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 6:42 am
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I hope you hadn't checked a bag because you were concerned about OHB space.
LOL no checked luggage.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:09 am
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Once I was on a short hop like that with about 5 other people total, but never the sole passenger. Would have loved to experience that! Did you board as PREM or wait for your group to be called? :P
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:17 am
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Once I was on a short hop like that with about 5 other people total, but never the sole passenger. Would have loved to experience that! Did you board as PREM or wait for your group to be called? :P
Actually, they didn't even call for pre-boarding. The gate agent said something like, you're my special passenger for today! Welcome aboard!
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:43 am
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Originally Posted by Hammer1 View Post
Yesterday I was the sole passenger on a Delta flight from LGA to ORD. It was definitely a unique experience. (For example, after we landed in ORD, the pilot told me he was going to have the plane cleaned up, and I should call him when I'm ready to go back. )

I was amazed that Delta would let a plane fly with only one passenger. And it ended up going back from ORD to LGA with only 5 people, so it wasn't because the plane was needed in ORD.

Has anyone else ever experienced being the ONLY passenger on a flight?
If you were on a Y ticket, did they let you in F?
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:49 am
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I was on the LGA/ORD Shuttle once, back when it left from the LGA MAT, and, there were less than 10 people on the flight, so, I commented to the GA, something like - -

I'm sorry for you that, Delta is probably losing money today! The GA replied . . . . "It's all about the contracts."

That said, years ago, I was flying CO on a redeye LAX?/CLE/CMH. The CLE/CMH flight was on an ATR42 or 72. Let's face it, there aren't too many people that need to fly from Cleveland to Columbus at around 6AM!

Anyway, I was the only person on that flight. The FA sat in the aisle seat opposite me and did the safety briefing, talking directly to me! She told me that, since there was nobody behind me, I could recline my seat from gate to gate! Someone here on FT eventually told me that was illegal.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:57 am
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That's pretty cool. Especially with how full most flights are these days. I also want to know - did you have a Y ticket and have to sit in back? Although I guess if you have any status at all you would have been upgraded...
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:59 am
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Years ago I flew CO from Elmira/Corning NY (ELM) to Cleveland (CLE) and was the only person onboard. The pilot actually took my bag and placed it in the overhead for me and the FA did the safety briefing in about 2 minutes and then we were on our way. The pilot kept the door to the front open (before 9/11) and even came out to talk during the flight. Definitely a different experience.

Another CO flight from Houston to El Paso we only had 5 passengers on the plane and the FAs were very laid back. I even got up and got my own coffee several times as teh FAs sat in the empty FC seats and talked.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by Hammer1 View Post
Actually, they didn't even call for pre-boarding. The gate agent said something like, you're my special passenger for today! Welcome aboard!
Knowing this at the gate, i hope you then took 20 minutes to walk down the jetbridge
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Old Jan 25, 18, 8:33 am
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If you were on a Y ticket, did they let you in F?
I was already in first, but the FA told me that if I HAD been sitting in Y, they definitely would have let me move to F.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 8:37 am
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I've had two. One was a late night departure CR9 SEA-LAS back before DL added the 717s on that route. Flight left on schedule around 1930 or so and it was just the crew and I. It was weird because it felt like we kept this stair-step climb all the way to cruise altitude. Captain explained that since we were so lightly loaded that the airplane was just climbing quicker than normal and there was a ton of traffic in the area.

The second one was a very, very delayed DEN-ATL MD90. Flight still operated with just myself and the crew.

I felt bad for the crew who had to, by FAA regs, do the safety demo. The MD90 crew just came over and did a quick, non-pa version, whereas the CR9 crew had to use the pre-recorded audio. It was definitely awkward.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 8:43 am
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Not DL, but two weeks ago HAN - BKK on Qatar 777-300 with about 15 pax total in all classes. Love those 5th freedom flights in Asia and glad I did not pay $200 extra for business.
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Sometimes transporting freight could be more profitable than pax.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by Hammer1 View Post
Yesterday I was the sole passenger on a Delta flight from LGA to ORD. It was definitely a unique experience. (For example, after we landed in ORD, the pilot told me he was going to have the plane cleaned up, and I should call him when I'm ready to go back. )

I was amazed that Delta would let a plane fly with only one passenger. And it ended up going back from ORD to LGA with only 5 people, so it wasn't because the plane was needed in ORD.

Has anyone else ever experienced being the ONLY passenger on a flight?
Positioning moves are not unusual -- my record is being the only passenger on a Lake Michigan ferry that normally carries hundreds of people.

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