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A life-size statue of a homeless person travelled in style when it was allocated a £400 first class seat on a flight in to Heathrow.

The 6ft bronze was flown from Copenhagen on route to Cardiff where it will appear as part of a campaign to highlight the plight of those living on Europe's streets.

Airline bosses agreed it could travel with Danish artist Jens Galschiot on the 90-minute flight to Britain for an exhibition.

But then airline staff realised the statue was too big to fit into economy class seats.

So they agreed to upgrade both the statue and Mr Glaschiot into first class for VIP treatment on the 600-mile flight with SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

The 58 year old artist, said: "We were both very grateful for the extra space. It was a very enjoyable journey.

"Everyone in first class was talking about it - and even the captain made a little speech over the microphone to explain about the unusual passenger.

"The statue decided not have the champagne because it was too early in the morning!"

After it touched down at Heathrow, the sculpture was put in a van for a 150-mile trip to Cardiff for a conference by the EU-funded European Homelessness Federation FEANTSA.

The statue spent five days in Cardiff - before jetting back the same way.

Jens said: "It was a good adventure. It is not often that people in first class talk about homelessness."

Airline chiefs decided to be generous after learning about the campaign to help the homeless. Jens is making 30 sculptures to go on show across Europe.

An airline spokesperson said: "It was quite a job getting the sculpture on the plane and when we realised it could not get into economy we were only too pleased to give it an upgrade.

"We think the project is interesting and thought-provoking.

"We were happy helping to support it and spread the message."

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:lol: I thought I read this wrong. Good thing the statue was in a sitting position but I really would have loved to have read that someone like Ivana Trump, or another diva were booted to coach because the statue took up two seats.
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But then airline staff realised the statue was too big to fit into economy class seats.

So they agreed to upgrade both the statue and Mr Glaschiot into first class for VIP treatment on the 600-mile flight with SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Irony?...

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  • 5 months later...

when in doubt of getting to somewhere on holiday for the small amount of money you got, turn into a statue with a stamp and the adress where you want to go on you and you will go there first class :tu:

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