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2019-08-16 02:32:50 PM  
I'll get over it.

/Never been the only passenger on a flight.
//Have been the only person in first class, though.
///Good times.
 
2019-08-16 05:54:05 PM  
A couple of months after 9/11, my boss, myself, and three coworkers were the only passengers on Delta flight 1776 from SLC to BOS. Not on a small plane, either. We didn't just have our own aisles, we had our own sections. It was surreal.
 
2019-08-16 05:55:28 PM  

The_Sponge: I'll get over it.

/Never been the only passenger on a flight.
//Have been the only person in first class, though.
///Good times.


I've been on quarter to half full flights between SEA and LHR and between LHR and NBO.  777s.  I walked laps for a bit to stretch.
 
2019-08-16 05:55:32 PM  
Delta: Hey,...we're not United!
 
2019-08-16 05:59:13 PM  
I have no idea who this person is. I guess I could call myself a director as well if I made short films on my iPhone and placed them on IMDB, He says he makes the funny. SHOW ME THE FUNNY!!!
 
2019-08-16 06:01:02 PM  
Flew on Alaskan Airlines from Anchorage to Seattle and we only had 5 onboard. The pilot gave us a guided tour as we flew down the coast.
 
2019-08-16 06:02:31 PM  
Go see a movie by yourself at 11:50 AM on a Tuesday matinee guaranteed solitary experience! It's great
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2019-08-16 06:02:35 PM  
Not-so-CSB:

Sometime back in either '04 or '05, I was one of four people on a 10:00 PM Southwest flight from Oakland, CA to Ontario, CA (roughly one hour). The flight itself was unremarkable, but what I remember most was making a bee-line for the bathroom as soon as I got off the flight, doing my business, and coming back out five minutes later to a completely empty terminal. Not a clerk, attendant, security guard, or janitor in sight, literally until I got to the baggage claim. Probably the only time in my life I'll ever be in an empty airport terminal, very surreal.
 
2019-08-16 06:07:49 PM  

Heamer: Not-so-CSB:

Sometime back in either '04 or '05, I was one of four people on a 10:00 PM Southwest flight from Oakland, CA to Ontario, CA (roughly one hour). The flight itself was unremarkable, but what I remember most was making a bee-line for the bathroom as soon as I got off the flight, doing my business, and coming back out five minutes later to a completely empty terminal. Not a clerk, attendant, security guard, or janitor in sight, literally until I got to the baggage claim. Probably the only time in my life I'll ever be in an empty airport terminal, very surreal.


Cripes man what did you do to that bathroom?!?
 
2019-08-16 06:07:58 PM  

firemanbuck: I've been on quarter to half full flights between SEA and LHR and between LHR and NBO. 777s. I walked laps for a bit to stretch.



BA I assume.

I've done the LHR to SEA route a few times, and those flights were mostly full.

/Remember being a kid and flying from Chicago to Belgrade overnight.
//Not too many people, so I was able to use three coach seats as a bed.
 
2019-08-16 06:08:47 PM  
During the SARS epidemic scare, when travel to Hong Kong and China was out of the question, a friend, was commanded by her government to return to China from the US.   She said it was really wonderful.  The only passenger on a large commercial airliner.  Pampered on the 20 or so hour flight.  Of course, traveling to a country under quarantine for a deadly virus has its drawbacks, but not until you land.
 
2019-08-16 06:21:27 PM  

berylman: Go see a movie by yourself at 11:50 AM on a Tuesday matinee guaranteed solitary experience! It's great
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2019-08-16 06:21:48 PM  

The_Sponge: firemanbuck: I've been on quarter to half full flights between SEA and LHR and between LHR and NBO. 777s. I walked laps for a bit to stretch.


BA I assume.

I've done the LHR to SEA route a few times, and those flights were mostly full.

/Remember being a kid and flying from Chicago to Belgrade overnight.
//Not too many people, so I was able to use three coach seats as a bed.


And I've done the LHR to NBO route several times, and those were mostly full.

(Never done SEA to LHR though -- even though SEA is where I'm originally from. Go Hawks.)
 
2019-08-16 06:22:28 PM  

The_Sponge: firemanbuck: I've been on quarter to half full flights between SEA and LHR and between LHR and NBO. 777s. I walked laps for a bit to stretch.


BA I assume.

I've done the LHR to SEA route a few times, and those flights were mostly full.

/Remember being a kid and flying from Chicago to Belgrade overnight.
//Not too many people, so I was able to use three coach seats as a bed.


Did a flight from STL to DC to Dakkar to JoBurg. 18 hours. Full flights.

/NEVER again
 
2019-08-16 06:22:30 PM  
Faux. Still not as full of sh*t as Twitter.
 
2019-08-16 06:22:47 PM  
Fake News!!
 
2019-08-16 06:27:33 PM  

berylman: Go see a movie by yourself at 11:50 AM on a Tuesday matinee guaranteed solitary experience! It's great
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I did that for the last Avengers movie rather late into the run. Just me and my wife in the whole place. There these seats at the midway point that have about 8ft of legroom, so it works out quite nicely.
 
2019-08-16 06:28:03 PM  
"The footage I have tells a short, funny, and positive story - because those are the kind of stories I like to tell. I make comedy!"

No, you are a lying sack of crap.
 
2019-08-16 06:28:41 PM  
I flew on a flight out of El Paso with 5 other people in a 747 deadheading back from where ever in 91.  They made us all sit in our assigned seats
 
2019-08-16 06:31:05 PM  
Even if true it wouldn't be the first time a person has discovered they're the only passenger on a commercial jet. Rare, exciting and interesting for the person concerned but barely newsworthy.
 
2019-08-16 06:31:29 PM  

Super Chronic: And I've done the LHR to NBO route several times, and those were mostly full.

(Never done SEA to LHR though -- even though SEA is where I'm originally from. Go Hawks.)



Go Hawks.

/Bunch of Seahawks fans on my flight (duh) when I flew to London for the game against Oakland last year...good times.
 
2019-08-16 06:36:48 PM  

mr_crash_davis: A couple of months after 9/11, my boss, myself, and three coworkers were the only passengers on Delta flight 1776 from SLC to BOS. Not on a small plane, either. We didn't just have our own aisles, we had our own sections. It was surreal.



That's really special considering how so many flights in the months following 9/11 were 100% sold out.

Now that I think about it, pretty much every flight I have been on since 9/11 was either sold out or close to it.
 
2019-08-16 06:38:08 PM  
I've flown with maybe 3-4 other people on a public jet before.  But I remember a flight attendant saying the plane had to be wherever I was going otherwise we wouldn't have gone anywhere.
 
2019-08-16 06:38:21 PM  
A few years ago, I was one of 5 or 6 passengers on a decent size plane.  Probably an Embrar or Candair.  They didn't even bother to bring it to a gate.  They drove us across the tarmac in a van.
 
2019-08-16 06:40:56 PM  
I'm guessing that the plane didn't actually "break down."  Today's airlines which oversell and overbook flights would never spend all that money to fly a plane with a single passenger, simply because he had a ticket.  Whatever it cost them to put the guy up for the night was way less than the cost of flying that plane with only him on it.
 
2019-08-16 06:41:34 PM  

The_Sponge: Super Chronic: And I've done the LHR to NBO route several times, and those were mostly full.

(Never done SEA to LHR though -- even though SEA is where I'm originally from. Go Hawks.)


Go Hawks.

/Bunch of Seahawks fans on my flight (duh) when I flew to London for the game against Oakland last year...good times.


CSB of my own: earlier this week I was at a hotel in Miami Beach. As I was about to get on the elevator, a young woman stumbled off -- clearly sloshed beyond all recognition -- with a couple of friends. She turned to me and said "it's my birtthhhhdayyyy!" So I grinned, patiently, and just said "that's great, happy birthday" as I boarded the elevator. Then she turned, held the elevator door, and asked me: "Are you from Seattle? Because you look like you're from Seattle." I paused and was like "ummm.... yes?" She beamed "meeee toooooo! I'm from Seattle and I can just tell these things." Her friends burst out laughing as they pulled her away. One of them said "what are the odds?" as the elevator door closed. I said "Go Hawks" but didn't hear if there was a reply.

So I guess we have a look.
 
2019-08-16 06:45:29 PM  
In 1986, I flew from Zurich to Toronto as one of the only two passengers on an entire 747. It was me, a 25 year old serviceman, heading home after 6 months in the Sinai desert, and a beautiful blonde 19 year old woman who had been working the last 2 years as an Au pair in Basel, Switzerland. She was headed home on vacation.

We just happened to get booked on an earlier unscheduled flight (it was just the aircrew returning the aircraft to home base, Toronto, after repairs in Europe) only because the 2 of us happened to be the only people sleeping at the gate for our flight 5 or so hours away. They asked if we wanted to catch a 5-hour earlier flight and of course we jumped on the chance.

So... we had the full normal crew compliment - they couldn't do enough for us!  Stuffed us with food, filled us with booze  -  We became "airplane seat friends" quickly. It was a 9 hour flight so we chatted and explored both levels of the plane together. Booze was included back then... Although it well could have, it didn't get sexual. Not that she didn't suggest it but I was only 6 years married then and still all caught up in that "Me? Cheat? Never!" Crap. It was one of my favourite commercial flights. (Most of my flying was on military aircraft and that was ALWAYS 1000 times better than any commercial flight...)
 
2019-08-16 06:47:49 PM  
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2019-08-16 06:49:04 PM  

Super Chronic: The_Sponge: Super Chronic: And I've done the LHR to NBO route several times, and those were mostly full.

(Never done SEA to LHR though -- even though SEA is where I'm originally from. Go Hawks.)


Go Hawks.

/Bunch of Seahawks fans on my flight (duh) when I flew to London for the game against Oakland last year...good times.

CSB of my own: earlier this week I was at a hotel in Miami Beach. As I was about to get on the elevator, a young woman stumbled off -- clearly sloshed beyond all recognition -- with a couple of friends. She turned to me and said "it's my birtthhhhdayyyy!" So I grinned, patiently, and just said "that's great, happy birthday" as I boarded the elevator. Then she turned, held the elevator door, and asked me: "Are you from Seattle? Because you look like you're from Seattle." I paused and was like "ummm.... yes?" She beamed "meeee toooooo! I'm from Seattle and I can just tell these things." Her friends burst out laughing as they pulled her away. One of them said "what are the odds?" as the elevator door closed. I said "Go Hawks" but didn't hear if there was a reply.

So I guess we have a look.



Heh.  So I assume you weren't wearing any Mariners/Sounders/Seahawks gear, right?

I never had somebody make such a specific observation about me.  But one time in Melbourne, FL, I was at a cigar shop and lounge, and as soon as I walked in, the manager said "You're from out of town."

"Yes....how did you know?"

"Because you're wearing shorts."

It happened to be December, and apparently, when it's in the low 70s and rainy, it's too cold for shorts.
 
2019-08-16 06:49:06 PM  
I'm thrilled his 15 minutes of fame are over and we can get back to Miley & Liam news.
 
2019-08-16 06:50:04 PM  
I flew Southwest San Diego to San Jose (something like an hour flight) on a 737 or similar back in the late 90's. Maybe there ten passengers at most.

It was nice to spread out, and they were handing out handfuls of the tiny peanut packages and all the soda you could drink.

On the other hand I flew to China once (14 hours maybe) on a completely full flight. I had an aisle seat but they changed planes or something and I got randomly assigned a middle seat. It was a very long night and it sucked.

Then another time I was flying to Korea and they had some plane problem on some other flight, so to entice us to switch flights they offered to put us in business class. The answer to that is always yes! Big lazy-boy recliner type seats, food that didn't suck, and they kept bringing us drinks and slippers and stuff. It was a 747 and we were up in the bubble. It was amazing. Then on the flight back we were in coach and the guy in front of me slammed his seat back as far as he could as soon as possible and kept it it that way. I was staring at his bald spot for 12+ hours. The flight crew had to come yell at him a couple of times to sit up so they could land. There's a mid level spot in hell reserved for him and his kind.
 
2019-08-16 06:50:28 PM  

maxandgrinch: I'm thrilled his 15 minutes of fame are over and we can get back to Miley & Liam news.



Ha!  Although I actually find this guy's story to be more entertaining than theirs.
 
2019-08-16 06:53:44 PM  

The_Sponge: Heh.  So I assume you weren't wearing any Mariners/Sounders/Seahawks gear, right?


Well, I thought about that... I was, in fact, wearing a T-shirt for the Brewster Whitecaps, a Cape Cod League team (I have a relative who works for them), and their colors are basically Mariners colors -- teal logo on a navy shirt. So it's possible that it affected her thinking in some way.
 
2019-08-16 06:59:28 PM  

The_Sponge: It happened to be December, and apparently, when it's in the low 70s and rainy, it's too cold for shorts.


I just moved up to Seattle this past April from Phoenix. I was cold for the first entire month, like wearing a fleece and a windbreaker constantly outdoors even just to walk the dog for 5 minutes. Now I know it was in the low 60s at that point not low 70s, but even the latter are a huge swing when you're used to 100+ degree temps, especially with the chill of the rain.
 
2019-08-16 07:08:32 PM  
Emptiest flight I was ever on was from MCO to MSP.  We were supposed to fly from FLL to MSP, but we got delayed by mechanical difficulties at FLL and then they boarded us and flew to MCO (about 15 minutes in the air, if that) because they had better maintenance facilities at MCO.  By that time, about 3/4 of the people on the flight had been bussed to MIA or MCO to catch other connections to their destinations, so only the 30 or so people who were not trying to catch a connection at MSP ended up on the flight to MCO and then the flight a few hours later to MSP.
 
2019-08-16 07:15:44 PM  
The first flight I ever took was to London on People Express just before they went under. It was some huge thing like a 747 and I'll bet there were six passengers. I got to lay down across three seats in the middle aisle and watch the movie.
 
2019-08-16 07:23:20 PM  

Bslim: "The footage I have tells a short, funny, and positive story - because those are the kind of stories I like to tell. I make comedy!"

No, you are a lying sack of crap.


Welcome to modern "journalism".
 
2019-08-16 07:27:22 PM  

NINEv2: Cripes man what did you do to that bathroom?!?


I may have underestimated the "five minutes" part.
 
2019-08-16 07:58:00 PM  

limeyfellow: berylman: Go see a movie by yourself at 11:50 AM on a Tuesday matinee guaranteed solitary experience! It's great
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I did that for the last Avengers movie rather late into the run. Just me and my wife in the whole place. There these seats at the midway point that have about 8ft of legroom, so it works out quite nicely.


My wife and I always see movies on Sunday matinees, when people are at church. We see the movie at like 10 or 11am and then get a nice lunch. It's awesome. We don't have the whole place to ourselves, but it's pretty darn close. We go to the Uptown theater in DC, which still has a balcony level, so we get to sit in our favorite seats up there. Even opening weekend for the Avengers movies... and there might be maybe 20 other people in the huge theater besides us - tops.
 
2019-08-16 07:58:24 PM  
In about 1970 I was the only passenger on an Eastern Airlines 727 from New Orleans to Lafayette La

That was during regulation when the FAA required flights to certain cities

Lawn off of it
 
2019-08-16 08:00:05 PM  

Heamer: NINEv2: Cripes man what did you do to that bathroom?!?

I may have underestimated the "five minutes" part.


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2019-08-16 08:52:39 PM  
When I flew from Baltimore to Ireland, the plane first landed in Shannon, dropped off about 90% of the passengers, and then puddle hopped to Dublin. Best part of the trip over
 
2019-08-16 10:04:15 PM  

Jacobin: In about 1970 I was the only passenger on an Eastern Airlines 727 from New Orleans to Lafayette La

That was during regulation when the FAA required flights to certain cities

Lawn off of it


So that was, what, like a twenty-minute flight?

/From Houma
//Never flown into or out of Lafayette
 
2019-08-16 10:08:06 PM  
Who the fark cares?
Self-centered attention whore wants everyone to envy him with a lie.
 
2019-08-16 10:23:55 PM  
I had a 737 all to myself from LAX to San Jose CA one back in the mid 90s.
 
2019-08-16 10:58:34 PM  
I've been on a couple of half-full flight from FRA to DTW in winters past. Being able to stretch out on the 4 seats in the middle row of an A330 on a 7 hour trip was pretty dang awesome.
 
2019-08-17 12:29:08 AM  
I was an unknown passenger once. Flew from Chattanooga to Pittsburgh, but changed planes in Charlotte. When I landed in Charlotte, my next flight was clear on the other side of the airport, so I ran my ass off. Got there when they started closing the door to the hallway boarding thing, and they squeezed me in, but left me off the flight manifest. When I tried to fly back home to Chattanooga, they said my tickets were cancelled because I never made the flight to Pittsburgh, and had no record of me going to PA. I'm like "then how am i here in Pittsburgh?" They said I'd have to buy another ticket..aghhhh..after a few calls, they let me go home though.

/no meaning of the story
//just my little story
//story
 
2019-08-17 04:35:31 AM  

The_Sponge: I'll get over it.


Over Macho Grande?
 
2019-08-17 04:39:36 AM  

hammettman: I'm guessing that the plane didn't actually "break down."  Today's airlines which oversell and overbook flights would never spend all that money to fly a plane with a single passenger, simply because he had a ticket.  Whatever it cost them to put the guy up for the night was way less than the cost of flying that plane with only him on it.


Perhaps, but the plane had further flights to do, so it's likely that it had to go anyway, empty or not.

Year ago BA used to run a turn-up-and go shuttle service between Edinburgh and Heathrow, on which you were guaranteed a flight even if you were the only passenger. A colleague of mine had a 737 all to himself, with a signed photograph of the crew and him to prove it. That was quite unusual - I understand that BA normally used a bizjet which they kept for moving crew around to take very small loads, so either it wasn't handy or the 737 had to get to London anyway.
 
2019-08-17 07:47:52 AM  

orbister: The_Sponge: I'll get over it.

Over Macho Grande?


Hahahahaha.
 
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