Influencer under fire after faking injury to get flight upgrade

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Jamie Zhu. (PHOTO: Instagram/@jamiezhu)
Jamie Zhu. (PHOTO: Instagram/@jamiezhu)

An Australian influencer is receiving major backlash after he faked a foot injury to get a better seat on a flight.

Jamie Zhu was originally booked to fly economy class on a recent international flight with Cathay Pacific but he decided to score a better seat by pretending he’d broken his ankle, Daily Mail reports.

The 26-year-old captured the incident on video and shared it to YouTube with the title, “How To Fly Business Class For Free!”

In the three-minute clip, he’s seen wearing a fracture boot while pretending to have a broken ankle. When his foot brace is unable to fit his economy seat, he asks a crew member for another seat and then he gets upgraded to business class, PEOPLE reports.

“Oh my God, guys! It actually worked,” he says while he filmed himself.

The video then shows Jamie enjoying the amenities from his business class seat.

The clip ends with him strolling off the flight while a Cathay Pacific employee says to him: “I hope your ankle gets better.”

The video, which has received over 124,000 views, has been criticized by viewers, with many YouTube users calling Jamie out for being a fraud and taking advantage of the situation.

“So you committed fraud and posted the whole act here? This should be handy in court,” one user wrote.

“Loser. I spent weeks in a boot for surgery. Disabilities aren’t something to prank about!” another added.

Despite the backlash, Jamie defended the video and said that the stunt was a “cheeky, clever, and light-hearted prank to play”.

Sources: Daily Mail, PEOPLE

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