Passenger gets entire plane to himself on flight
NEW ORLEANS – A lucky Delta Airlines passenger got on a flight and had the entire plane to himself.
Steven Schneider was flying home to Atlanta on Tuesday, June 21 when he arrived to an empty gate area for his flight at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.
"I was so nervous," Schneider said. "I couldn't believe it. I felt like I missed my flight!"
The flight was still as scheduled, however Schneider was the only passenger. Apparently all of the flight's initial passengers had been rebooked onto different flights due to a delay. Delta attempted to contact Schneider but the airline did not have the correct contact number.
When he arrived for his flight, he was given an option of taking another flight or staying with his original flight. He opted for the initial flight and was the only passenger on the 160-seat plane.
"At first I felt really bad, because I didn't want the plane to only make the trip because of me," Schneider said. "But after talking to a flight attendant at the gate, she said the plane needed to go back to Atlanta anyway."
Delta issued a statement on the lucky situation:
"We're glad this customer enjoyed a somewhat rare solo experience," the statement read. "Other customers were accommodated on an earlier departure. The reason we operated the flight was … so it could be in place for a departure the next day."