Passengers on a flight were recently offered a whopping $10,000 to voluntarily give up their seats – but none of them initially accepted the generous offer.

Travelers on JetBlue service from the US to Cancun in Mexico last month were asked if they would be arrested in exchange for airline credit, an experience one woman captured in a video that went viral. spread on social networks.

Tiktok user Jess Ries (@riesjess) posted a post, now viewed more than 10 million times, in which she filmed herself on a plane looking tired and frustrated.

She wrote on the video: “Supposedly en route to Cancun but we were unable to leave until one person made room for them. They are offering $10,000 and no one will take it.”

The post was captioned: “It’s been 45 minutes.”

In one of the two videos that follow, she claims that a passenger negotiated a credit fee of up to $15,000.

In a final post on the topic, she told commenters who had expressed skepticism that she wouldn’t take the money and take a later flight.

“If you do it the other way, that’s fine!” she captioned the post. “Nine people got a lot of credit and I’m sure they will love it!!! And I can enjoy my vacation”.

In the video, Ms Ries explains why she turned down the offer, saying: “It’s flight credit – not real money, not cash. They told us the credit is only valid for JetBlue flights within one year.

“Considering that JetBlue doesn’t have flights to many destinations – they don’t even fly out of the airport near my house – it doesn’t seem realistic to me to spend $10,000 in flight credits on JetBlue.”

She added that she would consider the offer if it were made by another airline that flies more widely to European destinations.

“On top of that, I’m going on a spring break trip with 30 of my friends… and no one wants to leave the group or leave the trip unfinished,” she said, adding that flights to Cancun were fully booked for the part. the rest of the week, which means there’s no guarantee she’ll be able to squeeze onto another flight.

She said the reason behind the need to free up seats on the plane was because JetBlue had to transport crew members to Cancun to staff other flights.

“Flights they were supposed to have were canceled because of the blizzard,” she said.

The Independent approached JetBlue for comment.


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