Ryanair frequently gives seats away for free. Not long ago budget carrier SkyEurope Airlines went one better by offering to pay passengers to fly with them, to the tune of a free ticket and a €1 refund on taxes.
But UK low-cost operator Flybe has out-discounted them both with this innocent-looking advertisement on the StarNow recruitment site for actors. So desperate is the airline to avoid being penalised for a passenger shortfall at Norwich Airport that it’s been offering to pay stand-ins and extras more than £80 to fly to Dublin and back up to three times a day.
The advert calls for “100+ extras for background work” with a “well-known airline who are updating their in-flight literature”.
On top of the £82.38 daily fee, Flybe offers to lay on lunch and even provide a travel allowance for any faux passengers prepared to travel from outside Norwich.
“Casting for this listing has been completed,” says the advert. Never mind. If the problems at Heathrow Terminal 5 go on much longer, there might be an opening for people prepared to wander around the place acting as happy British Airways passengers.