A sure recipe to get a free first class upgrade March 19, 2007Posted by dorigo in humor, news, travel.
You just have to die during the flight. Or even better, travel with somebody who pays you the courtesy of doing so.
That’s what we learn from the admittedly unfortunate experience of mr.Trinder, who was traveling First Class on a British Airways flight from New Delhi to London, and had to sit next to a corpse for most of the long stay onboard. The old woman next to him was laid on the free seat after she deceased for unknown causes, while she was sitting in Economy class.
Mr. Trinder was of course distressed by the experience, especially since behind him the daughter of the deceased -who had also been upgraded- kept crying for the whole duration of her stay on board. When Trinder arrived in London, he tried to get a refund of the 3000 pounds he’d spent for his seat, but he got a refusal from British.
British Airways claims that of the 36 million passengers on their flights each year, on average 10 die aboard. I think they could bring the argument further, to boast about the health of their customers (of course, due to the great meals they provide on board): with an average of 4 hours per flight, that means a projected lifetime of 600,000 days per passenger, or roughly 1,700 years.