Every so often, you encounter a fellow passenger that is really annoying. I mean, just doing things that grate against common decency and show lack of respect for those around.
The Annoying Passenger Who Self-Upgraded on Emirates
When He Started Showing Himself Annoying
I had one of those recently. I was in the line to go through passport control and this guy started right then. He kept trying to edge by me without saying a word (and he was also American and spoke English so communication wasn’t a problem). He would grab the barrier and start to slide around me when we would take turns.
At one point, he was pushing against me in a way that had me move my bags in front of me since I was nervous he was going to try and take something from me with the constant bumping – in a line that was not that crowded.
After we get through there, he then starts removing barrier straps to get to the front of security so he did not have to follow the line. It wasn’t just removing them – he didn’t even try to put them back.
Ok, at this point, I’m thinking that he must be late for catching his flight or something. Except we both arrived at the gate for the Emirates flight at the same time.
Nope – Not Late For His Flight!
Once we were at the gate and the zone boarding began, he ignored the calls for the zones in front of his and just tried to board when he wanted. When he was turned away, he was huffing and puffing, all put out.
On The Plane
Then, we get on the plane. We are both in economy, him one row in front of me and across the aisle at the window. He sits next to the window – except it wasn’t his seat and he kept trying to get the passenger who did have that seat to sit in the middle.
Don’t Like Your Economy Seat? Apparently, the “Natural” Thing is to “Steal” a Business Class Seat!
So, instead of taking his proper seat in the middle (it was the bulkhead), he decided he would move up and take an empty seat in business class. This is Emirate’s 777 so it did not have their lie-flat business seat but I guess he figured if he could get it for free! 🙂
“Can I Have Another?”
I am just watching this guy in disbelief at this point and just assuming that he will come back before takeoff. Nope, he placed is pre-departure drink order, took an amenity kit, asked for another, and then asked for a pair of pajamas. After this, he began to go through the menu.
We took off with him still in business. I could see through the curtain that, at this point, he puts his seat all the way down and gets settled in. I kept waiting for some attendant in business class to talk to him but it did not happen – yet.
They start taking meal orders and he gives his. While he is waiting, he starts eating the nuts that were delivered to him and puts the headphones on to watch a show.
Having flown a fair amount of business class before (but not on Emirates), I know that the flight attendants normally come through to introduce themselves and they normally refer to me by name from the manifest. I assumed that this would happen at some point. If it did, it took quite a while.
However, finally, a flight attendant approach his seat (I am seeing this through the crack in the curtain) and leaned over to speak to him. The next thing I saw was him escorting the man towards the back of the plane, past his original economy seat. He had his stuff with him – but not his amenity kit or any pajamas he may have received (Emirates doesn’t normally give pajamas in business class).
The Case of Severe Entitlement
I just couldn’t believe the nerve of this guy, starting from the moment I saw him. He obviously saw himself to be more important than everyone around him and thought that it was not a problem to cut in front of people and make more work for others so he could get to the front of the line.
Then taking a seat that cost thousands more on the airplane? I have seen it happen on domestic flights before and even heard some people suggesting that travelers do it on international flights but I never saw it. At least he did not get away with it!
Have you seen someone self-upgrade to a premium cabin on an international flight? Did they stay the entire flight?