Karon Grieve had not just the seat next to her empty on her trip from Glasgow to the Greek island of Crete—and not even just both seats next to her. Every other seat on the Jet2 plane was empty, meaning there were 188 empty seats, the BBC reports. When Grieve checked in for the flight and asked how many people were scheduled to be on board, a staffer at the desk told her there would be just three. But the other two would-be passengers never showed up, leaving Grieve with what she calls a "surreal" experience on her $61 flight. "You have your own private jet today," the crew told her, per the Daily Record.
"We were all on best friend terms before we'd even got on the plane," she says of the crew. "The captain was fantastic. She came and sat beside me while the first officer did all the flight checks and we were chatting away about the flight," and the captain went on to say "Hi there Karon" from the cockpit every time she made an announcement. Grieve chose to sit in the window seat of the first row, per the Telegraph, and when the flight landed, her baggage was handed to her rather than sent to the baggage carousel. Despite the strangeness of the experience for Grieve, a Jet2 rep explains that it was the final flight of the season to Crete from Glasgow, and it's not unusual for that flight "to have fewer bookings than normal" since most people are returning home from Crete at that time. (Read more Travel stories.)