I understand the video below is probably meant to be a joke, but I’ve seen so much of this sort of thing over the years that I have to wonder whether it really is so far-fetched to watch a passenger steal plates, glasses, headphones, blankets, and just about anything else that might fit in a bag when flying in business class.
Not A Laughing Matter: Passenger Steals Amenities From Business Class
I suppose there are some people who genuinely do not know that the duvets and pillows are not souvenirs of flying in business class. You see that on flights to Hawaii in which couples splurge for front cabins but may not be frequent travelers.
But I think most who take glasses or salt & pepper shakers or blankets know better.
And some do so brazenly. I’ve walked through so many lounges and seen all sorts of airline-branded pillows and blankets which somehow made their way off the plane.
This is a timely reminder of why we can’t have nice things…it is also why United sent a memo to flight attendants warning them to stop passengers from stealing bedding and also prominently reminded passengers on its printed menus to leave the bedding behind.
Here, “Mom” is pictured stuffing her bag full of goodies on a Turkish Airlines flight in business class (and if her head covering is any indication of how serious she takes her faith, her actions constitute haram…). Yeah, it’s funny…but it is not even clear it’s a joke because so many people do this.
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So just a plea today: don’t do it. Or if you really want something, ask for it instead of just taking it. United Airlines used to have white duvets in its Polaris First Class (versus the gray duvets in Polaris Business Class). I flew first class the week before United eliminated it altogether…and I asked the flight attendant if I could keep one of the first class duvets. She said yes. Sometimes I wonder what happened to all the other ones…but that duvet now travels with me whenever I take a redeye flight.
Passengers stealing headphones is the reason why American Airlines and JetBlue (among others) annoyingly collect headphones 45 minutes before landing. I really think United stopped putting its logo on glasses so that people would stop taking them.
I understand that it is temping to take bedding or dishes along as a moment of your business or first class flight. But don’t do it. It’s dishonest and it has the possibility of ruining things for every premium cabin traveler.