Ultimate travel hack to first class upgrades

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  1. Elusive

    Elusive Silver Member

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    This trick is so obvious I can't believe I only just discovered it.

    Simply walk up to the gate agent and in a polite but firm voice yell Shotgun! Then kindly remind the agent that per the rules of calling shotgun you are now entitled to a seat up front. You must be the first passenger on the flight to do this.

    If you need to cite a reference you can use the below link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riding_shotgun

    Works about 57% of the time, I reckon.
     
  2. FlyingBear
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    Wouldn't you need to have your pilot's license to technically be able to ride shotgun?
     
  3. Elusive

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    Yes, and typically a co-pilot is in "your" seat. I usually just ask for seat in the front row in lieu. The trick is to stand your ground by responding with the almighty "But I called it first".
     
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    I'm sure the FAA would love this...:eek:

    "But I called shotgun, and they put me in the cockpit..."
     
  5. Elusive

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    This really transcends any rules set fourth by the FAA or TSA. That's the beauty of it.

    Everyone knows that if you call shotgun, you get to ride shotgun. Violating the rule would be a direct attack on the moral fiber of our society.
     
  6. FlyingFree
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    What moral fiber??? :rolleyes:
     
  7. TheBOSman

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    Like it, but I bet if you call "Shotgun" in an airport terminal, you might get first class but you might also get a terminal dump.
     
  8. Elusive

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    Well, what better way to rebuild our moral fiber than by supporting a cherished tradition.
     
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    Yelling "shotgun" in an airport would be as well received as yelling "Hi, Jack!" at an airport.
     
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    i was thinking only the latter but I love the idea Elusive !!:D
     
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    That made me laugh out loud- thanks Elusive!
     
  12. kwai
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    I'm pretty sure 'shotgun' is only valid outside. This might only work at an apron position.
     
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    Seems to me - you would actually need to be an air marshal in order to carry a shotgun on board.
    But calling "shotgun" ought to work as well as "dressing nicely".
     
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    This works fine on Cape Air, where the first person to board can request to ride along in the cockpit.

    A friend who was really looking forward to this once got "shotgunned" by a pushy passenger who elbowed past him in the queue and stole the front seat.
     
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    No no, see they got Blitzed. That's the risk you have when you call shotgun.
     
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    Ok - this thread is making me laugh as I wait for my next flight at SEA. Thank you.
     
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    you should try it and report back the results
     
  18. Steelsnow

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    This reminds me - there is someone at my company with the first name of 'Gun' (of Asian decent, not one of those folks who changed his name to sound tough or a nickname). I was wondering what sort of reactions would happen if he strolled into a large meeting right before it got started and one of his friends greeted him by saying, "Hey, Gun!" loud enough for everyone to hear. In reality I bet he has a few stories about this.... and he probably warns people not to greet him loudly at airports and other public places!
     
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    here here!
     

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