Saturday night’s United Shanghai – Newark flight, UA87, was delayed a couple of hours when a man (not identified, but speculated to be a professor at Southwest University of Finance and Economics) engaged in one of the most persistent self-upgrade schemes I’ve seen.
The man was apparently caught multiple times trying to seat himself in business class, and apparently stole champagne from up front and drank it walking through the aisles. A veritable Chinese Justin Ross Lee.
Crew ejected him from the flight but he refused to leave so police were called. It apparently took the help of passengers, and zip ties from onboard the aircraft, to drag the man off. He went kicking and screaming, laying down in the aisle. Three officers were injured to some degree during the struggle.
No word whether he was self-upgrading from economy plus or economy minus, but he was at least dedicated to securing a seat in legacy Continental 777 business class (six across) rather than United’s legacy 777 dorm-style eight across business seats. That hardly would have seemed worth the effort.