Man uses first-class airline ticket to get free meals for almost a year

A man purchased a first-class ticket on China Eastern Airlines and enjoyed over 300 days of free meals and drinks at the airport’s VIP lounge at Xi'an Airport in Shaanxi, China. He kept changing the itinerary, which allowed him to feast without paying for nearly a year. When the airlines started to look into the matter, he cancelled his ticket and got a refund.

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  1. Power to the people!

  2. marc45 says:

    I love stories of people being resourceful! On the other hand, this is why we have lengthy EULAs and other complex legal documents that seem to accompany every aspect of life.

  3. Meh, rookie stuff. Why, as a wee small child I ran a dodge with a birth certificate -- got free meals for 16 years!

  4. Eksrae says:

    Free meals and a refund. He shoulda went for the hat-trick and dated a flight attendant at the same time.

  5. Nah, that's not why we have complicated EULAs. We have those because corporations are trying to avoid ever having a third party examine their one-sided agreements with consumers.

    Take for example the most common new element of EULAs, the "arbitration clause". By including this clause, corporations seek to have consumers forfeit any right to legal protections, no matter what. It makes it harder to sue for fraud or enforce a warranty or seek redress of damages. It says, basically, no matter what, you can't go to court, you have to face a quasi-governmental "arbitrator" who is chosen by the corporation. You can't be represented by counsel, you can't appeal. You are bound by whatever the lawyer who works for the corporation decides.

    If the new trade agreements go through, such as the TPP, arbitration clauses will become much more powerful and more one-sided. This is what's called "corporate sovereignty", where a corporation circumvents the power of government to act in behalf of the consumer. In fact, it requires that government work on behalf of the corporation against the consumer.

    EULAs are not designed to avoid having some poor guy eat for a year. They are designed to turn a freely-engaged transaction that supposed to benefit both parties into a one-way street. They ar e meant as a mechanism of redistributing wealth upward.

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