Delta Plane Flies With Just 2 Passengers Onboard

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As reported by ABC News, a passenger traveling to New York yesterday ended up being one of only 2 passengers on board the entire plane that flew after hours of delays. Passenger O’Leary took to social media yesterday after he found himself on board alone leaving the gate! The plane ended up returning to the gate to pick up a second passenger and flew on with just the 2!

Delta Plane Flies With Just 2 Passengers Onboard

“O’Leary was actually scheduled on a 7:15 a.m. flight out of Cleveland but when that flight got cancelled, he was re-booked on this flight, which was scheduled to take off at 9:39 a.m.”

“It was definitely the most memorable flight I’ve been on in recent memory if only for the sheer lack of passengers to become bothersome,” O’Leary told ABC News. “There were no screaming babies, no one listening to loud lyrics or reclining their seats or taking their shoes.”

Sounds like they needed the plane in NY so, they flew it with only the 2 passengers. Can you imagine if you were on this flight?

Delta Plane Flies With Just 2 Passengers Onboard

 Photo courtesy ABC News

Bottom Line

This story is pretty funny! I’m sure that this has happened many times, maybe not with so few passengers (2.) I wonder if the passengers asked to get bumped to First Class? I sure would have! Has this ever happened to you?


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  1. Flew on Thai from TPE to HKG with about 10 passengers on a wide body. The tiny delta plane isn’t nearly as good since you’re still stuck in a crappy seat and can’t sleep on the whole row. But certainly better than being full, lol.

  2. I had a great flight from Houston to Atlanta 2 years ago that had only 6 people on the flight. Delta did NOT offer the 2 non-Medallions an upgrade, but everyone on the upgrade list made it. It was the first time I ever saw more available upgrades than there were people on the list.

  3. In the 1970s, Pan Am had a 747 flight LHR – JFK – SFO that would, after every flight, fly to OAK for maintenance. This short fifteen mile hop would take about twenty minutes due to air traffic patterns over San Francisco and Oakland. My friends and I, to earn Pan Am rewards points, would fly this short leg as many as three times a week for a low price of $12 each way. Many times the passenger load would be only those of us that knew of this unique quirk in their schedule.

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