Security deal with Jet2 passenger on flight to Manchester
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Jak Scott was flying from Edinburgh to Greece with Jet2. He was amazed to find out his flight was almost empty.
Although Jak only paid £59 for his flight, he ended up getting a luxurious private jet style experience.
He told Edinburgh Live: “I got to the gate early and was confused why no one else was going through. It wasn’t until they did the final call that I got up and went to the desk, and the service agent walked me to the airplane door and told me it’s only me and two other people.
“I thought it was some sort of strange joke until I entered the plane.”
Jak ended up being served by the cabin crew “pretty much after the seat belt sign went off” as there were only two other passengers.
However, Jak isn’t the only passenger to have experienced a near empty flight in recent years.
Kai Forsyth was once the sole passenger on a flight from the UK to the US and was given plenty of free food.
The lucky passenger also managed to make a bed out of the empty seats for his eight hour flight.
Another couple, Anaru Ratapu and his wife, were booked on a replacement flight after their trip to New Zealand was cancelled.
The couple were put on a repositioning flight, used when a crew need to fly back to base, and were the only commercial passengers on it.
In 2019, Vincent Peone was the only guest onboard a flight in the USA and was allowed to meet the pilots.
According to data analysis from the Civil Aviation Authority, 35,000 commercial flights have operated almost empty since 2019.
The flights had fewer than 10 percent of seats filled and are known as ‘ghost flights’ in the industry.
During the pandemic, over 660 almost empty flights flew back and forth to the USA from Heathrow.
Throughout the same period, over 60 empty planes left Luton Airport for Poland as passenger numbers fell.
The UK Government has described ghost flights as “environmentally damaging” due to the carbon emissions.
Climate campaigners have called for a jet fuel tax and questioned plans to expand airports.
It is not known why so many airlines decide to run ghost flights but it may be so they don’t lose airport slots.
Airlines may also choose to still run the flights if some passengers have booked onto the plane.
In some cases, flights without many passengers may be cancelled and passengers may be rebooked.
If a flight is cancelled, passengers have a right to be offered an alternative flight on their intended day of travel.
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