After hours of delays, man ends up on flight with just one other passenger


Flying solo: Chris O’Leary snaps a selfie on board his empty flight. (Courtesy Chris O’Leary)

These days flights are jam packed.  But that wasn’t the case for one New York man flying out of Cleveland Monday who found himself riding home solo.

Chris O’Leary, a beer blogger from Brooklyn, was originally scheduled to depart Hopkins International at 7:15 a.m. But that flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems, so he was rebooked on a later flight, due to take off two hours later. But within a few minutes, Delta called O’Leary and informed him that flight too would be delayed. 

When he finally decided to go to the airport, the blogger says he heard his name on the loudspeaker and was told all of the other passengers from his original flight had been rebooked on earlier itineraries.

“I was being paged about 40 minutes before my flight was supposed to take off — because they were trying to get me on another plane,” O’Leary told FoxNews.com. “I missed that window of opportunity, and when the gate agent said, “guess I have to go down and tell the crew we’ve got one for them,” I was totally surprised. “One what? One passenger?”

But it wasn’t until he was onboard the aircraft, that he realized he was going to be the only passenger on the 76-seater plane. He quickly began Tweeting about the experience before take-off.

Instead of using the PA system, the crew gave O’Leary a personalized safety briefing. Needless to say, the flight was a memorable experience, mainly due to the quiet cabin.

“Nothing really eventful happened on board, but the crew took it all in stride and had a sense of humor about it,” O’Leary said. 

Before the flight actually took off however, the plane returned to the gate to pick up one more guest. But the two travelers enjoyed their personal space.

“He took advantage of the fact the flight was empty and reclined his seat all the way,” O’Leary said of the second passenger.

Delta confirmed that there were just two passengers aboard O’Leary’s flight.

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