Passenger finds ‘genius’ way to be VIP in economy class in viral TikTok

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By Dan Sears

A passenger has gone to extreme lengths to create a VIP section in economy — and while many have labelled it “genius” others have concerns about it.

Giga Vashakidze, from California, was on a flight from San Diego to Venice, Italy, when he noticed the passenger sitting next to him using a blanket to create next-level privacy.

The passenger tucked had tucked part of the blue blanket in the overhead compartment and left it hanging down, blocking anyone from seeing into the row.

Stunned by the act, Giga recorded a video and posted it to TikTok asking fellow travelers if they’ve ever witnessed anything like it.

“Caught my neighbor turning economy class into a VIP section. Has anyone else experienced this on their flight?” he asked, adding a laughing emoji.

The clip has been viewed half a million times with many left impressed by the passenger’s VIP scheme.

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The viral video of the passenger’s make-shift ‘VIP’ space can seen, with a tucked part of a blue blanket in the overhead compartment hanging down.
The viral video of the passenger’s make-shift ‘VIP’ space can seen, with a tucked part of a blue blanket in the overhead compartment hanging down.
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“GENIUS,” one person demanded.

“Omg that’s actually genius,” another agreed.

Others labelled it “smart” and were keen to give it a go on their next economy flight.


The make-shift VIP space was propped right behind another passenger sitting in front on the flight.
The make-shift VIP space was propped right behind another passenger sitting in front of it.
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However, some were shocked the airline let he passenger get away with it.

“WTH? Why is the airline allowing this?” one person asked.

“Nothing surprises me anymore about people,” wrote another.

One person hit back, saying: “What’s wrong with it? They’re not hurting anyone”, to which some pointed out there’s possible emergency issues with it.

“Emergency evacuation might be an issue would be my guess,” one person explained.

“That’s a great idea. They’re doing nothing wrong as far as I’m concerned and I have their privacy too,” said another, while a third added: “For security reasons I can’t imagine this is allowed.”

Giga did not share any more details on whether the passenger was forced to take it down.

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