Earlier I noted that ex-Royal Prince Harry flew to London for his grandfather’s funeral and made the trip without his wife Meghan Markle.
All of the royal drama aside – his walking away from his title, giving an interview to Oprah where he called his family racists – I thought there could be a bigger scandal in his first trip back to the U.K. in a year.
He reported flew British Airways to London Heathrow, but arrived at 1:15 p.m. which is when American Airlines flight AA134 lands. BA’s flight doesn’t arrive until a couple of hours later. Before the ex-Royals broke up with the Windsors, Meghan Markle too chose Air Canada over BA>
Well, it turns out that Saturday’s American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London had 5 seats blocked from sale in first class.
- 3 passengers were confirmed on the flight in international first class, out of an 8 seat cabin
- But American wouldn’t sell the other 5 seats, upgrade anyone into them, or put a nonrev flyer in those seats. They were blocked.
This gives some circumstantial credence to the notion that Prince Harry was on board, perhaps with a couple of people as an entourage or a mix of an associate and another passenger who had been pre-booked into the cabin. Regardless, it was a VIP experience designed for discretion.
Of course I’d have been just as happy in business class on that flight where 6 passengers were confirmed as it turned over to airport control, and then four non-rev passengers were added into the 52 seat cabin. Coach, by the way, had only 22 of 216 seats filled on that flight.