# Can I have a free ride with airplane? [closed]

If I want to go from A to B, and there happens an airplane also goes from A to B, which has an empty seat, can I ask to go with it? It's like having a free ride in a carpool, but with airplanes?

I know this is ridiculous, but it will be an rewarding experience to think of. I'll be able to learn a lot. I was once almost too late to board, and was transported to the plane by a staff car, not by regular bus. I guess that I could have broken many safety rules, but if I can safely go with that car instead of the regular route, I would do it again.

If yes, what kind of airplane I can travel with? I guess in a commercial plane, I am expected to pay the ticket, so there's no way for me to go? A cargo plane might not be designed for an untrained person, but I guess as long as I don't lose consciousness, then it's still considered safe? A jet fighter... sorry, never mind. If no, what reason would it be? Is it because of safety, liability, or something else?

I will have one luggage and one backpack with me. Obviously I won't pull the exit door when the plane in the middle of the air.

• Near duplicate: aviation.stackexchange.com/q/2045/167 – Steve V. Apr 22 '17 at 15:28
• Before downvoting, remember that ignorance is what we are here to fix. – Steve V. Apr 22 '17 at 15:55
• Another near duplicate – Pondlife Apr 22 '17 at 17:44
• You could probably get a good price for a flight if you offer petrol and landing fees. For a pilot who is building hours, this may be acceptable. – alex Apr 22 '17 at 19:52
• Just out of curiousity, why do you think carpooling is "free"? From what I've seen, either the drivers take turns, or the non-driving riders pay for gas. You can probably find light plane owners who'd take you for a ride on similar terms. I've done it myself, when I and others wanted to go places with no/awkward commercial flights. – jamesqf Apr 23 '17 at 18:21

### Can you have a free ride in an airplane?

Yes, probably!

Pilots give free rides in airplanes all the time. They're generally called discovery flights, and (at least in the USA) you can find someone who offers them at most smaller airports.

Pilots are friendly and we love to introduce new people to the world of aviation. That said, flying is expensive, so you may need to pay for the cost of the airplane/fuel, if the pilot is making a special flight just for you.

### Can you have a free ride in a commercial airliner or scheduled air carrier?

You will almost certainly not receive a free ride in a commercial airliner or scheduled cargo aircraft. Think about it: if flying for free was an option, why would anyone ever pay for a ticket? Also, again in the USA, the TSA will have serious problems with individuals who have no ticket for a flight being on that flight. Cargo carriers will be the same.

### What about unscheduled (air taxi) operations?

Your chances are better! See this answer by casey for whether passengers can ride in the jumpseat in the cockpit of a 135 flight. Bear in mind that you still need to be legally present on the flight, which means that the pilot/company needs to permit you onboard.

### What about a fighter jet?

Sure! The Blue Angels regularly take journalists for rides. Contact the US Navy or US Air Force public affairs office when the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds are in your town.

• @Ooker - Can you give more explanation on why commercial airliner or scheduled air carriers cannot bring me in? It's not that they cannot, it's that they choose not to. The question you must answer is "What makes your desires so much more important than everyone else's that you deserve a free ticket?" – Steve V. Apr 22 '17 at 17:18