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Lucky 'Lone Delta Passenger' Didn’t Actually Leave the Runway

News Airports + Flying
by Eben Diskin Aug 16, 2019

Having an entire row to yourself is a dream for many air travelers, so when we heard this guy said he got an entire plane to himself, we were pretty jealous. As it turns out, however, he never left the ground.

As reported by The Points Guy, when passenger Vincent Peone arrived at his gate, he was told he would be the only passenger on his Delta flight from Aspen, Colorado, to Salt Lake City, Utah, after his initial flight was grounded. He boarded the plane, and the plane made it to the runway, but then encountered mechanical difficulties, forcing Peone to disembark and board a different flight. Unfortunately, that means he never actually got the solo VIP flying experience we all believed he did.

Peone captured the beginning of the experience on his phone, seeming to imply that he took the entire flight from city to city. However, that wasn’t actually the case.

The New York-based director started recording at the gate, capturing several moments during the taxiing process. The video shows a flight attendant reading all the standard airline information and instructions, rows of empty seats, and finally, Peone shaking the crew’s hands and thanking them for a good flight. Apparently, that doesn’t mean the aircraft actually left the ground.

This article was updated on August 16, 2019.

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