What’s the emptiest flight you’ve ever been on?

May 28, 2017

I had to fly down to San Francisco for business earlier this month, and that meant a connection in Seattle on Alaska Airlines. It’s a route I fly at least once per year, sometimes more often. And it’s always a crowded/full flight, which you’d expect for two of the west coast’s biggest travel hubs.

But in the days leading up to the flight, I was watching the seat assignment chart online and couldn’t believe what I was seeing:

All of those blue seats are “available.” Crazy, right? I thought it might fill up a bit with standby passengers or last-minute flyers … but nope. It ended up being the emptiest flight I’ve ever been on — well under 50% of the seats were empty. Probably only 1/3rd full.

Wanna see what it looks like in real life? I put this video on Instagram:

So … what’s the emptiest flight you’ve ever been on?


  • Reply Phil R May 29, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Crazy to think now, but it was the flight back from LA to Baltimore, day before thanksgiving, after the LA U2 show. It was not even half full because of post 9/11 insanity.

    Day. Before. Thanksgiving.
    Half. Full. Flight.

    It will likely never happen again.

    • Reply Matt McGee June 27, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Wow, true .. certainly not right before Thanksgiving.

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