There are tons of scams running at the airport every day. People looking for priority services just request wheelchairs even when there’s nothing wrong. And they’re looking to fake their way into business class.
I’ve seen plenty of people just sit themselves down in empty business class seats once the doors close, but I’ve always seen them politely excused from the cabin. Here’s a story though about when it actually worked.
A guy bought an orthopedic in an airport pharmacy and looked like he’d hurt himself and needed assistance to walk. Then he feigned difficulty sitting in his coach seat with the boot on. Cathay Pacific moved him up to business class.
At the end of the flight he walked off the plane without his boot on. Crew wished him speedy recovery for his ankle and he remarks “oh yeah I forgot about that.”
If indeed the story is true he’s lucky there was an open business class seat available. I’m skeptical of the claims in this video for several reasons.
- He could have been moved to a bulkhead seat if available. He could have been moved to premium economy, and a premium economy passenger moved up to business class.
- The filming of everything didn’t lead cabin crew to be skeptical though, like that this was planned in advance?
- A man in the video sleeping in business class looks like his father
Cathay Pacific Business Class
My guess is he was ticketed in business class all along. That doesn’t change that he was running an airport scam, though, it’s just that he was running it on us and not Cathay Pacific.
Cathay banned a passenger who used a fake letter to try to scam herself into business class. If this story is true then surely this passenger would be banned, too.