WATCH | Man fakes broken ankle to get upgraded to Business Class - and it works!

2020-01-23 08:45 - Marisa Crous
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Aussie influencer, Jamie Zhu, who has 704K subscribers on YouTube and 1.1 million followers on Instagram, recently tried his luck at getting upgraded on a long-haul flight with Cathay Pacific.

READ: How to get bumped up to Business Class when travelling 

He checked in his luggage, got his Economy Class boarding pass and was ready for his flight. But, he had a sneaky trick up his sleeve.

He purchased a moon boot at the airport pharmacy and proceeded to board his flight wearing this boot, commonly used for stress fractures, shin splints, a broken foot or ankle.

Getting to his Economy Class seat, the boot wouldn't fit in the narrow legroom space; so he called over the air hostess for some assistance. She saw him 'struggling' and told him she needs to get some "Clearance". 

READ: The cheapest Business Class tickets from South Africa if you want to tick it off your bucket list

She got it and showed him to his Business Class seat. 

Travel and Leisure reports that the influencer's stunt has since received quite a bit of backlash, with some calling it "immoral". Zhu responded by saying that his intentions were never to make fun, but rather to entertain. 

I'm sure we'll be hearing of more and more cases of people trying their luck!

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