A friend once missed an international flight (USA => MidEast) because he mistook the flight number for the flight time on his itinerary. His flight number was something like "430", and his flight time was something like "1230". He arrived at the airport just as the plane was taking off.
He called the local travel agent from whom he'd purchased the flight, and the agent invited him over to the office to "try something he [the agent] hadn't tried in a while".
The agent printed paper tickets, and the agent placed a round yellow sticker on each ticket explaining that this should get my friend seats on the next day's set of identical flights.
My friend returned to the airport the next day at the correct time and boarded his flights all the way to his final destination without any problems.
- I don't know if the printed tickets were for the same day or for the next day.
- My friend did not pay anything for the additional tickets.
- The original ticket was (to my knowledge) basic economy fare.
- What did my friend's travel agent do? Did the travel agent secretly buy my friend (a repeat customer) a new set of tickets, or did he pull some trick?
- Is the "sticker trick" still possible?
- Is the trick a property of wiggle-room afforded by paper tickets?