The luxury of flying private and having an entire plane to yourself, with no queues and no disgruntled strangers, may seem like a pipe dream to most.
But a man is now going viral for accidentally having the experience of a private plane after his flight was delayed so many times no one else stayed.
In a video that has been viewed more than 32.1 million times, passenger Phil Stinger tells viewers that his flight was delayed for 18 hours and “everyone gave up.”
Stinger was on an American Airlines flight from Oklahoma City to Charlotte, North Carolina.
The flight was originally scheduled to take off at 6:20 a.m. but did not take off until shortly after 12 p.m. the following day.
@phil.stringer 18 hours late turned this flight into a private party! ✈️? Watch how the amazing team and I made the most of it! #americanairlines #flight attendant #airplanetiktok #private party #FlightFun #delayed flight #fyp #viral ♬ Makeba – Jain
He spent his time happily joking with the flight crew members (who he says were pulled from their hotel to help him deal with the flight).
Stinger shows flight attendants going through the full boarding process and safety demonstrations – on a completely empty plane.
Viewers loved the content and how the team and Stinger seemed to be in good spirits.
“That was probably the highlight of their week. Getting paid to look after just one person? Sign me up lol,” one user wrote.
“That makes me smile!! They still stole for you,” said another.
Other flight attendants in the comments section praised the Stinger crew and confirmed that it was in fact the dream.
“I was a flight attendant for 10 years, and this happened to me once. Our passenger’s name was Ben and I will never forget it!! What a treat!
“Flight attendant here – this is literally our dream scenario, especially for a delayed flight. Glad you had a great time,” added another comfortingly.
Stinger arrived safely in Charlotte just after 3 a.m. the next day.
American Airlines did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur request for comment.