A Lawrencville man says he was the only passenger on his flight home to Atlanta.
Steven Schneider told Channel 2 Action News writer Kimberly Richardson he arrived at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport on Tuesday only to find his gate to be a ghost town.
“I was so nervous,” Schneider said. “I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I missed my flight!”
Schneider says when he was at the gate, a Delta flight attendant asked him if he’d like to go home tomorrow, due to the fact that he would be the only passenger on the flight.
More passengers were originally scheduled to be on Flight 2426, but due to the original flight being delayed a couple of times, they decided to take an earlier flight, or postpone until the next day.
Opting to keep his original reservation, Schneider had the entire flight all to himself, he says.
Schneider said he didn’t feel bad about forcing the trip because a flight attendant said the plane needed to go back to Atlanta anyway. “She called this an empty leg flight,” he said.
So, instead of sharing space with up to 160 total passengers, Schneider rode alone.
“It was so cool,” Schneider said. “One of the flight attendants told me she hadn’t seen something like this in the 17 years she was here. Everyone was just so nice.”
Channel 2 reached out to Delta for comment and they released the following statement:
“We’re glad this customer enjoyed a somewhat rare solo experience. Other customers were accommodated on an earlier departure. The reason we operated the flight was so this customer could have that airplane positioned back in Atlanta so it could be in place for a departure the next day.”