One man achieved the ultimate in #legroomgoals when he found himself to be the only passenger aboard a flight to Italy.
Imagine having an entire plane to yourself. What would be the best part? Having the attention of the flight attendants all to yourself? Not having to worry about a not-so-pleasant fellow passenger sitting next to you or grimacing as the back of your seat is kicked by an unruly kid? Or maybe being able to dance in the aisle?
Recently, a Lithuanian man named Skirmantas Strimaitis came forward as being one of very few lucky but perhaps lonely airplane passengers who doesn't have to imagine what it would be like to be the only paying passenger aboard a flight - he lived it!
Strimaitis boarded a flight from Vilnius to Bergamo for a skiing trip on March 16th. When he stepped onto the Boeing 737-800 which has the capacity to comfortably seat 189 passengers, he was more than a little surprised to see that his only companions in the air were the two pilots and the crew of five.
While this is not the first time this has ever happened in the history of flights, it is quite unusual. Here is what caused Strimaitis to be home alone on a plane. A staff member from the airport in Lithuania told CNN that a group of clients chartered the Boeing 737-800 for a private flight that same day from Bergamo to Vilnius.
So that the aircraft would not come back empty, one-way tickets were placed on sale for the return trip. For some reason, Strimaitis was the only person who either noticed the sale of tickets or needed to book that particular flight. He calls the entire experience "unique and unreal."
"The crew seemed quite confused at first," he told CNN Travel. "Maybe it was a new experience for them as well. I was provided with a personal pre-flight safety demonstration. Then I just enjoyed the flight by taking selfies and writing. To have silence on a plane was very unusual. I was smiling all day."
According to Strimaitis, the crew called him "Mr. Passenger" and gave him royal V.I.P. status during the entire trip. So what is the moral of this bizarre story? We think that it probably is to check often for recently discounted one-way tickets and hope that you're the only one aboard!
Would you want to be the sole passenger on a flight? What would you do? Let us know in the comments!