Mar 21 2007

First-Class flying…

I've never aspired to make a ton of money (I'm a writer, for crying outloud). Which is not to say that I don't appreciate the finer things in life…I REALLY do.  But my definition of sucess is just so much broader than how much money I earn.

I've often said that I will have achieved my idea of financial Nirvana when I can make the transatlantic flight between the US and Sweden on a first-class ticket without wincing. (Or without my frugal Swede having a heart attack…which means it may never happen.) When I can do that, I will have "arrived."

In the meantime, I'll just have to wait for my seat number to be drawn in the "We've Overbooked the Flight" Lottery that has occasionally put friends and family in the first-class cabin…sometimes even on long flights. But it turns out there's another way to fly first class that I seem to have overlooked.

Airline Moves Dead Body To 1st Class

(AP) LONDON A first-class passenger on a flight from Delhi to London awoke find the corpse of a woman who had died in the economy cabin being placed in a seat next to him, British Airways said Monday.

The economy section of the flight was full, and the cabin crew needed to move the woman and her grieving family out of that compartment to give them some privacy, the airline said.

The first-class passenger, Paul Trinder, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he was sleeping during a February flight from India and woke up when the crew placed the dead woman in an empty seat near him.

"I didn't have a clue what was going on. The stewards just plonked the body down without saying a thing. I remember looking at this frail, sparrow-like woman and thinking she was very ill," the newspaper quoted Trinder as saying. "When I asked what was going on, I was shocked to hear she was dead."

You can read the full story here.

Feed my ego!

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