Amid countless holiday-travel horror stories, one traveler provides a beacon of hope.
Beth VerSteeg got an entire plane to herself this week after accidentally scoring a seat on a flight intended solely for airline staff, according to Mashable.
VerSteeg provided a tell-all look via Reddit at the lonely, beautiful flight, which only had one flight attendant — who, yes, still gave the safety spiel for her audience of one.
The happy mistake happened earlier this week, after VerSteeg’s original flight from Rochester, N.Y., to Washington D.C. was canceled and she and several other passengers were rebooked on a later flight.
Airline staff quickly realized they had mistakenly booked the DC-bound passengers on a crew-only flight and managed to squeeze them onto an earlier flight. VerSteeg, however, missed the memo — and only realized something was off when she found herself alone in the waiting area 45 minutes before takeoff.
“One of the airport agents came over while I was waiting and asked if that was the flight I was waiting for, then said, ‘I knew this would happen,’” VerSteeg wrote in the thread. Happily, they agreed to take her anyway.
Once she’d boarded, VerSteeg chose a seat in the third row (there was no first-class section on the small plane). On her Reddit thread, she recalls making “awkward eye contact” with the lone flight attendant on board and spreading out over two seats.
“My top half had the window seat and the bottom half had the aisle,” she writes.