It seems there’s a new “score a free upgrade to first class!” hack out there: book a middle seat.
Plus, a flight attendant learned a life lesson the hard way: do not mess with a cranky old lady who’s trying to enjoy a gin and tonic.
Those are some of the travel world stories that caught my eye going into this weekend.
Middle Seat Passengers Get Pity Upgrades?
Are you still wearing nice clothes so you can get a magical free upgrade to first class? You might want to leave the fancy duds in your closet (and read this post).
A travel company CEO told The Sun, “Airlines are more likely to upgrade passengers who are sitting in the middle seat as this is generally considered the least desirable place to sit.”
I’ve seen flight attendants move middle-seat passengers traveling alone to rows that are empty or maybe have only one other person. But up to first class simply because they feel sorry for them? That’s a new one.
I’m not buying it. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!
Old Lady Gins Up Trouble During a Flight
A flight attendant took away an elderly (but belligerent) woman’s gin and tonic during a recent Jet 2 flight. And then the fight started.
A bald eagle decided to take the day off from flying itself — and let the airlines do the work instead.
Of course, that meant a trip through a TSA checkpoint. (No word as to whether or not the eagle is a TSA PreCheck member. #TravelNerdHumor.)
TSA officers are used to seeing an eagle on their uniform as they look over their shoulder, but I’m sure the team at @CLTAirport Checkpoint A did a double take when they saw a real one earlier this week. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/cxfbqyVok1
— TSA Southeast (@TSA_Southeast) August 25, 2022
The End of an Era
As fellow Boarding Area blog Miles to Memories reported earlier this year, Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is closing — and will become the Horseshoe.
The Bally’s letters came down this week. Or as Casino.org’s Corey Levitan wrote, “The letters B-A-L-L-Y-S were removed from the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday with surprisingly little ballyhoo.”
I love that. Get it? Bally’s? Ballyhood? Nicely done, Mr. Levitan.
Your grandchildren are going to ask if you remember when Bally’s changed to Horseshoe. At which point you will tell them not to park their flying car on the grass. pic.twitter.com/NCICfYtLSS
— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) August 25, 2022
I bet the letters could be recycled and turned into a credit card. 🙂
Here’s some dark history: Bally’s is the site of the original MGM Grand — which suffered a devasting and deadly fire in 1980.
And with that, enjoy your weekend!
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