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 plane was empty, meaning there were 188 empty seats. 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.
… Grieve says the plane’s captain “came and sat beside me while the first officer did all the flight checks” and then said “Hi there, Karon” from the cockpit every time she made an announcement. When the flight landed, Grieve’s baggage was handed to her rather than sent to the baggage carousel.