Everyone In First Class Was Sent to the Back of the Plane

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Ever had this happen on your flight?

I started a West Coast mileage run tonight, thankful that all my upgrades had cleared so I could be productive. Boarding had just completed and one of the flight attendants came to the front of the cabin to notify us that all First Class passengers would have to vacate their seats and move to the back because it was a light flight and they needed to balance the weight.

The (full) cabin sat there looking stupidly at her for a moment and the other flight attendant added “unfortunately she’s not kidding.”

I’d had to move on tiny CRJs before, but never on an A321 and it all seemed a little bizarre.

It was a light flight, but everyone in economy had picked the front seats, so though most of us were going to end up with rows to ourselves, we were still in the back of the plane. The flight attendants did take down our flight numbers, but it wasn’t clear if we were still going to be served dinner and what other perks would still be available to us.

Those who had paid for their tickets would be contacted by customer service, those who had used certs to upgrade would have them re-deposited. Those like me, who had complimentary upgrades, were probably out of luck.

A few minutes later the pilot came to the front of the plane to announce that there had been a mistake and cargo had been loaded in the front of the plane and the folks who handle the planning/weight distribution had decided to move First Class rather than the cargo to ensure an on-time departure. He (the pilot) had just made them move the cargo back and First Class could return to their original seats.

I am woefully ignorant of these things, so I have no idea if what we were told/I heard is common or even if it’s correct, but it definitely makes for a funny (to me) story about “that time I was kicked out of First Class.”

Other than our landing gear coming down 4 hours before we were due to land, I’ve pretty much avoided weird plane experiences. Unlike Jeanne, I’ve never had my plane hit with a truck. 🙂


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