I feel compelled to write this after reading two times in a row of flights with only a single passenger!
According to Yahoo!, this lady had decided to wait for her delayed flight eventhough most of the other passengers had made alternative arrangements. You know at this time of the year, there are literally millions of Chinese making their way home for the lunar new year holidays. It is the largest migratory flow on the planet (yes it dwarves the wilderbeests etc in Africa…). The featured image says it all, and it is only at one of the train stations in China!
So there was that unusually cold snap that hit most of north Asia last week (where it apparently snowed in Guangzhou), and the flight was delayed 10 hours! Now you would think most folks would give up but apparently not this lady! Anyhow, this is yet another incident where flights continue even when there is only 1 passenger. But then, I think the plane would have flown even if there none!
How else would the plane be picking passengers at the other end? When I was in the shipping industry, this was called “empty repositioning”. We used to move empty containers from locations of surplus to places where exporters needed them. I guess the planes need to be repositioned as well. Duh?
Back to the lady on her “charter” flight. It was interesting in the article that when she shared her experience, someone commented that she was still not upgraded! LOL!!! BTW, if you are delayed for more than a certain number of hours, travel insurance should kick in. Just be sure you are well covered!
So next time when you have a severe flight delay, maybe you should consider waiting it out???