Be smart. Figure out how many F/A's are aboard. Purchase the equivalent number of M&M Peanuts regular size. Board the aircraft, deliver one package of M&M's to each flight attendant prior to taking your seat. Tell the F/A "I appreciate that you are here for our safety, thank you" and move on immediately to the next flight attendant.
I've done this for 30 years. I never pay for food, never pay for mixed drinks and when the F/A's serve me a mixed beverage in the Emergency Exit row prior to pushback and everyone looks and someone asks "who are you?" I always tell them I own a bit of stock in this airline and apparently my ticket indicates so.
This is the honest truth, (except I don't own airline stock) you get genuine old fashioned 'first class' treatment in any seat on the aircraft (sans the lav)!!
"Y" Class ticket JFK
5 packages of M&M Peanuts $5.30
Free drinks, food, headsets & unlimited attention on the flight. PRICELESS
[Edited 2006-06-20 00:19:48]
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