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I’m flying from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) today on Air France. I took my seat in 2E and was getting settled when a guy in his 20s sat down across from me in 2A. He was decked out in head to toe Gucci and immediately began snapping selfies. This went on for several minutes before the passenger assigned to that Business Class seat arrived. Without a word, he got up and made a dash for the back of the plane.
As he exited the Business Class cabin, I heard a flight attendant (who saw where he came from) ask him if he needed help finding his seat. His reply: “Is 44A this way?” He knew exactly what he was doing.
Even if the rightful passenger holding the boarding pass for the seat never arrived, he would not have gotten away with seat poaching. Flight attendants have manifests and they likely would have seen that their count was off on the ground if they were supposed to have less than a full cabin. Even if they had not, as they made their way through the cabin to take meal orders and check preorders they would have noticed and requested a boarding pass. Self upgrading is not allowed and you certainly can’t move yourself from the back of the plane to the front on a whim.
It’s funny that he bolted as soon as the passenger assigned to the seat arrived. Maybe he just wanted to take some selfies to show off, but more likely he was hoping to ride in the pointy end of the plane without paying for it.
Anthony’s Take: Everyone has their own priorities when it comes to spending money. If this passenger wanted to fly Business Class then I suggest he start saving his miles or buy a ticket. He’d find the money pretty quickly if he had a few less Gucci items from head to toe.
(Seat Map Image: Air France.)
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