There are few greater joys than boarding a plane and finding that the seat next to you is empty. What if you had the whole plane to yourself?
It’s called “ghost flight” and one man recently found himself in an unusual and somewhat creepy scenario after booking a trip to Fiji for his birthday.
According to his now-viral TikTok posted on January 16, the trip took place in January 2022. That’s when Robbie Allen (@robbieallen) arrived at the airport in Sydney, Australia, only to be greeted by a ghost town at his gate.
It’s not that Allen booked a budget carrier to get there – he flew Virgin Airlines and booked a business class ticket to make his trip extra luxurious. Little did he know that he could probably save money by having the entire plane at his disposal.
“When I got in, they said, ‘You’re the only person, you’re the only person on the plane,'” Allen says in the video.
At one point the captain came over to sit down and chat with him, and throughout the flight the staff came up to him to check in and offer him “whatever” he wanted.
In other words, Allen was living his best life on a four-and-a-half-hour drive.
“I love that I literally have the whole plane to myself,” he giggles as he pans the camera around to show how empty the flight is. “I’m a VIP!”
In the comments, many people weighed in on how they would react in his place.
“It’s literally an introvert’s dream!” one person wrote. “I am. I’m an introvert lol.”
“Having a toilet to myself!” someone else exclaimed.
“That must have been so bad,” another user added.
A few people said they would be surprised.
“My anxiety could never…” admitted one person.
“How lonely would that be?” someone else said.
“It would drive me CRAZY with empty fate to think I had the wrong door!” another person shared.
Allen had a similar initial reaction, writing in his caption: “It was terrifying at first, then amazing”.
Believe it or not, a few people have even shared similar experiences on other flights.
“This happened to me on a flight from Japan to Australia,” wrote one person. “Seriously. I was the only person on the plane.”
“That’s exactly what happened when I flew to Dubai, but there were a few of us,” said someone else. “We got together and talked.”
In the end, Allen’s great flight was made even better when he went to baggage claim and immediately found his suitcase without a problem.
The trip itself was also very sweet. In several follow-up videos, the TikToker shared views from his hotel in Fiji, where he was treated like royalty by the staff for his birthday and spent most of his stay relaxing in the pool.
“Had a wonderful trip as always when I go to Fiji,” Allen wrote in one of his TikTok captions. “There is so much to do and all the resorts are amazing!”
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