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Talking Your Way Onto A Commercial Flight  
User currently offlineN270FT From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6962 times:

Hi,

Im taking part in a charity fundraiser next friday for DUCK (Durham University Charity Komittee), which involves getting as far away from durham as possible in 36 hours for free. I was just wondering what my chances would be on talking my way onto a flight from Newcastle.

I was thinking of maybe writing to some airlines and explaining the situation. i will be writing an article for the university newspaper article after, so i could offer to mention the airline. I was also thinking maybe an RAF flight or a business jet.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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User currently offlineJetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

Ive done it in the states from chicgo to atlanta to memphis but new how the systems works..
i was rampside when the plane pulled in waiting and then had to go back to the gate...
my buddy traveling couldnt believe it,,



i can see for 80 miles
User currently offlineN270FT From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

Thanks, but i was just wondering what would happen if i went to the airport and smiled at the check in staff and asked them to let me on a plane? do i have any hope at all?

User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4840 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6531 times:



Quoting N270FT (Reply 2):
Thanks, but i was just wondering what would happen if i went to the airport and smiled at the check in staff and asked them to let me on a plane? do i have any hope at all?

I would say no... if they want to keep their jobs that is... that would be instant dismissal in most airlines for airport staff... your best bet would be as you mentioned to write to headoffice of the airline, or call/go there.

I don't know if you are allowed to or not, but another option might be to get someone else to buy you a ticket in exchange for something... I don't know a dare or something.



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User currently offlineBa1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6509 times:

The check-in staff would not be able to as you'd need to be already booked on the flight for them to let you on. The staff at the ticket desk however might, they'd probably need some authority from HO which is just a phone call. If they got that would just be a case of issuing you a free ticket and you'd be on your way. Good luck!


There are other ways and there's British Airways
User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4840 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6460 times:

Just had another thought.... do you know anyone in the RAF? There are ways to get onto their flights for free...


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User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6420 times:

Here's a question - once you get to where you're going, how do you get back, without paying? Do you have to 'blag' your way home too?

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6399 times:



Quoting N270FT (Reply 2):



Thanks, but i was just wondering what would happen if i went to the airport and smiled at the check in staff and asked them to let me on a plane? do i have any hope at all?

Employees have no control over such permissions...Contact the airlines office in question before & put accross your case.They may just assist you there.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6338 times:



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 5):
Just had another thought.... do you know anyone in the RAF? There are ways to get onto their flights for free...

Yes I do. You have to join the RAF  Big grin .


User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

Watching Airline a few years ago, there were a couple doing it. They went to the airport and got on an easyJet flight to Spain then an easyCar in spain where they drove further south.

At the end however, they were beaten by another team that made it to the Dominican Republic.

So it is entirely possible, and as far as I am aware they just turned up at the ticket desk. HO did have to authorise it however.

Regards,


User currently offlineThrottleHold From South Africa, joined Jul 2006, 659 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6243 times:

Talked my way onto a Cubana Madrid-Havana flight a few years back.

User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6168 times:

Hah, the way to do it is, as you've said, to email Palatinate or Durham21, and ask them if they want you to write an article about your DUCK adventure. Next, promise the people you're travelling with free publicity in aforementioned articles. It's worked before.

I've always wondered what kind of madness it takes to do the DUCK jailbreak though. And no, I don't know how people intend to get back.

[Edited 2008-11-06 06:15:34]


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User currently offlineWarren84 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6091 times:

Hi there,

I used to go to Durham uni as well and know some guys from Collingwood who did the same thing for DUCK. They managed to get a free return KL flight from NCL to ICN via AMS.

I'm afraid I don't know how they did it, but thought I'd let you know that it is indeed possible.

[Edited 2008-11-06 06:54:20]


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User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6062 times:

There is a simular thing going on at My University, Buckinghamshire.

One of my coursemates parents had a lot of FFP (Frequent Flyer Point's) with BA, and so I have been told, has got a return ticket for LHR-SFO, for Free....

I would suggest pleading your cases to the Airlines, to some it could be good publicity, I would imagine BA would be your best, first port-of-call, maybe best to write in with a back-up letter from Your Univeristy (Or Student's Union - or which ever organisation is running the event)

However, due to really high fuel prices, airlines are doing the best to keep the fuel costs down, more people on the planes mean more fuel... but its worth a shot!

Danny


User currently offlineN270FT From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5981 times:

thanks guys,

i agree that the best way to do it is to send some letters to the airlines that fly out of newcastle. ba could use some good publicity at the moment. Last year people got to new york, so that is what i have to beat.

i dont normally do this kind of thing, but it just sounds like such a great wat to spend a weekend!!


User currently offlineUniTED From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5945 times:

I seem to remember on some sort of 'Amazing Race' type show (not the actual one) a 'team' racing to New York was able to talk their way onto a Curacao to New York flight somehow since they had no money left. As stated... it has be done. Good Luck!!


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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4064 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5250 times:
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If you can make it to EMA or STN, I'd consider using cargo flights. STN especially has several long haul flights (EMA has flights to the US but your odds on getting on them are almost nil - too risky/expensive for the airline/crew if you're denied entrance at immigration) and cargo planes almost always have a few extra seats that wouldn't be sold to the public anyway, so you're not taking up valuable revenue space.


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User currently offlineSebjacques92 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5028 times:

How about finding someone who owns a plane e.g. a cessna and asking if you cant "hitch hike" aviation style. Although if you want distance this might not be the best way. How about becoming a stowaway and hiding in the wheel well of a jet...its been done before, although if you really value your life then maybe its not such a good idea.

Which ever way you travel i hope you enjoy yourself and maybe if you do end up flying how about a trip report  Smile

Seb  airplane 


User currently offlineMeridianBUF From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4920 times:



Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 16):
If you can make it to EMA or STN, I'd consider using cargo flights. STN especially has several long haul flights (EMA has flights to the US but your odds on getting on them are almost nil - too risky/expensive for the airline/crew if you're denied entrance at immigration) and cargo planes almost always have a few extra seats that wouldn't be sold to the public anyway, so you're not taking up valuable revenue space.

How would one go about actually booking and paying to fly as a passenger on a Cargo flight?


User currently offlineTjc2 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4739 times:

This activity is great, after a little bit of research I think the furthest practical landmass from Durham Student's Union is South Island of New Zealand! That being the case, i'd get into negotiations with Air New Zealand pronto!!

I know a couple from Salford who got themselves to Arizona...yeh they won it that year!! I'd try it but I don't think i'd have much success.

Good luck to you sir!



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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4587 times:

We have this here in Cambridge as well, however one of the rules for ours is you are not allowed to make any prior arrangements with any companies - not sure if you have that rule but it is worth checking! i.e. you can only start making arrangements once the 36 hours start.

Last year some friends did it and I suggested they stopped at Fedex etc at STN to try and get on a cargo flight. They were told there would be no problem except they didn't have the required jumpseat training  Sad.

Most people from Cambridge tend to hitch it down to London, then either actually find a job on the first night to earn sufficient money for a loco flight somewhere, or stand outside a place like Victoria station and ask for money.



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User currently offlineN270FT From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4589 times:

Thanks again for the replies guys. I was thinkning about using airmiles, but that wouldn't count because you still have to pay the taxes and fees. New Zealand sounds good, but in order to do that we would need to get to london, which from durham isn't so easy!!. I wonder if nasa is sending up any shuttles  Wink I sent an email to BA customer relations, but still haven't heard back from them. I hope we can do well, because we already have 12 people that are sponsoring us 2p per mile.

User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4064 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4587 times:
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Quoting MeridianBUF (Reply 18):
How would one go about actually booking and paying to fly as a passenger on a Cargo flight?

You don't, and that's exactly my point. It's "cheaper" from a loss-revenue consideration for a cargo carrier to give you an extra seat (they use them for cargo attendants, load masters, etc...) than it is for a passenger airline, because seats on cargo flights are not for sale, so there's no lost revenue when one is given away.



I've got $h*t to do
User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4588 times:

Perhaps ask someone who works for an airline and see if they would have a buddy pass for you. It may be along shot, and you may or may not get on but it might be the trick.


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User currently offlineN867bx From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

Sounds like you might need the advice of an expert. I suggest you check with Ada Quonsett.

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