The luxury of flying business class is one we all want to experience – but our bank accounts often don’t feel the same way.
While we might be tempted to tell a few white lies to get there, a YouTuber who revealed his trick to swap his cramped economy seat for a fully reclining bed has been branded a ‘loser, cheater and degenerate’ for how he achieved it.
Jamie Zhu, who has more than 700,000 subcribers on the video sharing platform, uploaded ‘How To Fly Business Class For FREE!’ to his channel last week.
After checking in his baggage and making it through security, Jamie explains he’s about to get on a long international flight and has an idea to bag himself an upgrade.
Heading through to the airport’s shops, he finds a pharmacy where he asks staff if they sell a moon boot as he ‘recently broke his ankle’.
The search is successful and the influencer swaps one of his trainers for a huge protective boot designed to hold your foot and ankle in position after a serious injury.
Jamie hops on to the plane and tries, unconvincingly, to argue that he’s unable to fit into his economy seat while wearing the completely unnecessary shoe.
He asks the cabin crew if they can find him another seat and the camera cuts to Jamie as he sits in Business Class, struggling to hide his laughter as staff read out the food and drink service for the flight.
The boot comes off and a montage shows the passenger taking in the luxuries of business class before settling down for a nice eight-hour sleep.
When the plane touches down, Jamie skips off the flight with the boot nowhere to be seen as landing staff say ‘thank you, I hope your ankle gets better’ – arousing suspicions as to whether the prank was real at all.
The stunt didn’t go down well in the comments below, as one wrote: “Shame on you! My daughter is a flight attendant and you are taking advantage of their good will to try and help those in need.”
Another replied: A**hole, my daughter broke her ankle and had to have a ‘fit to fly’ certificate as injuries can swell at altitude.
“So you obviously told the truth to the staff, paid for the flight and faked you got it for free.
A third said: “Commits fraud then brags about it. He should check the lost and found to see if they’ve found his core values cause he really needs them back. Sheesh.”
But others stuck up for him, as one argued: “Okay y’all stop complaining cause I bet y’all will do the same too.”