The difference between economy and business class in airplanes can be very big.
And for some, there's the temptation of trying to sneak into the posh cabin without overcharging the huge fare, just too much.
MailOnline Travel talked to several flight attendants about passengers trying to catch unauthorized upgrades, and it seemed like an ordinary process, with the methods used to hide under one blanket, hoping for the best , an upgrade is "instructions of the doctor".
MailOnline Travel spoke with several flight attendants about passengers trying to catch unauthorized upgrades, and it seemed like a common event, with the methods used hiding under one blanket and hoping for the best, claiming that an upgrade was " Instructions of the doctor ".
Are there any methods that work? The cabin crew seems to agree that there is no foolproof tactic, but there are some who claim they can get away with it all the time.
The tactics of sitting in business class under a blanket is one of the most prevalent of daring economy passengers. But as a stewardess said, "It's not an invisibility cloak." When she caught someone, she asked him for his boarding pass and asked me why he could not stay there when no one was sitting there. "
Another flight attendant member remembered an Economy passenger sitting in business class and said he was "lost."
According to another flight attendant, an attempt was also made to make a medical note stating that the flying business is a medical requirement. Their method of dealing with this is to charge the full amount and tell the passenger to reclaim it through health insurance.
A steward said a passenger had poked his head through the business / shop curtain and asked a Business Class employee for a glass of wine, hoping to make something especially delicious.
It did not work.
Jay Robert, cabin manager at an international airline and founder of A Fly Guy's Cabin Crew Lounge, told MailOnline Travel that some passengers consider it a fun game when they try to sneak into Business Class.
Jay Robert, cabin manager at an international airline, told MailOnline Travel that some passengers consider it a fun game to immerse themselves in Business Class. He warned, however, that the consequences can be severe
He warned, however, that the cabin crew does not think so – and that the consequences could be serious.
He said, "A passenger might think it's a fun game trying to sneak into a higher class of service, but as a crew we're not amused. These seats are the products we sell, and if you try to take something for which you have not paid, this is a theft.
"The most common punishment for upgrade theft is embarrassment. As you walk the path of shame into the cabin where you've paid to sit, the crew often speaks very loudly so your fellow travelers know why you're being returned to your seat. We will also inform the entire crew on the plane about their antics and put on our "Watchlist". You'll probably notice that the crew's attitude towards you changes as soon as you're picked as an annoying person who's tried to slip past the curtains.
"If you cross the wrong crew member, you may be facing a security guard and a gate agent who is prepared to accept payment of the balance you have attempted to pay once you reach your destination."
He added, "The crew in the business or at first always know how many passengers they have and they can check their seat list several times during flights, so it's unlikely you will not let your workload go unnoticed."
In fact, a steward on Jay's website said, "Once the ground crew managed to tell him what [business class] Space was free and just went and sat there without paying the upgrade fee. Fortunately, I always check the seat card and noticed that 1G should be empty. Before he challenged him, he went back to the ground staff, but even then he always said it was his place and did not want to show his boarding pass.
In the end, he admitted what had happened and offered me $ 60 cash to leave him there … how serious? Will I risk my job for SIXTY dollars? "
However, some claim that there are methods that work.
A commentator on Jay's website said if you check in last and the economy is full, you'll be upgraded.
But a steward corrected him and said, "Sorry, but it does not work that way. Most airlines will upgrade platinum / gold / silver card holders, etc. first, other frequent flyers, those who need to upgrade to service, and individuals with full fare economy tickets to give them a place in the economy can. Late arrival does not mean that you will be upgraded. "
The "I'm lost" tactics are sometimes used by economy-class passengers trying to sneak into the business class
Is it a stupid, lost reason to sneak into Business Class?
There are some passengers who are willing to risk a cabin crew who just are not on the ball – and just get humiliated by the chin.
For example, a commentator named "Penguin," who contributed to a discussion on thepointsguy.com, said, "Frankly, I've been doing that for years, working for United, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, and even British.
My strategy is to ask at check-in if upgrades are available. Then ask again at the gate. If they say yes, you know that there are a few places available. I also download the app and know from the map, which seats are free. Get on board with the last group, flash your ticket and sit down.
"I have been doing this for years. I was once caught, it was after the start of a flight from SF to Sydney, it turned out that I had taken the pilot's seat (on long-haul there are several pilots to prevent fatigue and they assume shift work). The flight attendant asked for my ticket and I admitted what I had done. She only asked me to move. The worst part was that someone had taken my place in the coach, and I was stuck in a middle seat for much of the 14-hour flight. "