How This Man Got to Be the Only Person on a 188-passenger Flight to Italy
A vacant middle seat is enough to get most travelers excited, but this airplane passenger raised the bar when he boarded the plane and realized he was the only person on the entire flight.
Skirmantas Strimaitis, a Lithuanian, was flying from the capital of Lithuania to Bergamo, Italy, for a ski trip when he found himself to be the only passengers on a plane that the Associated Press reports can typically seat up to 188 people.
Other than Strimaitis, the only other people on board the over two-hour flight were the Boeing 737-800’s two pilots and five crew members.
According to the Novaturas travel agency, they had chartered the plane to fly a group of travelers home from Italy. For the flight from Lithuania to Italy, only one-way tickets were sold and Strimaitis was the only person to buy one.
While unusual, Strimaitis wasn't the first and won't be the last person to enjoy a private commercial flight experience. In 2017, a woman boarded a flight to Crete at the tail-end of tourist season only to find she was the only one headed to the Greek island.
Strimaitis told the AP that the one-person flight was “a once in the lifetime experience.”