I’m sure just about all of you have seen the video that YouTuber Casey Neistat made about his trip in Emirates first class, which was possibly the best unpaid advertisement the airline has ever received. The video has nearly 50 million views.
Casey Neistat is very much an acquired taste. A lot of people find him obnoxious, and I did at first as well, though over time he has grown on me, or at least I can appreciate him for who he is.
Well, another YouTuber has just posted a video about his experience in Emirates first class, which I find slightly less charming, to put it mildly. I’d like to think I’m usually pretty good with pop culture and internet celebrities, though I had never heard of Logan Paul before this. He has nearly 14 million YouTube subscribers, which makes him one of the world’s most popular YouTubers.
Well, he recently flew Emirates A380 first class from Los Angeles to Dubai, and made a video about the experience. Roughly the first half of the video is about the first class experience as such. Personally I find him to be obnoxious, but then again, it seems like a lot of people feel otherwise, based on how many followers he has.
The last several minutes of the video is the part that’s truly cringeworthy. He planned all along to set up a “merch shop” on the plane. Originally he was going to set it up in his suite, but then he decided to set it up in the shower suite. He seemingly did this without the knowledge of the crew.
The puzzling part is that he then had several people come up from business class into the shower suite to look at the merchandise. His friend seemed to pay him cash for something he bought (more as a joke than anything), while he gave away the merchandise to several other people.
Passengers from other cabins aren’t allowed to come up to first class, and for that matter, wasn’t the crew curious what was going on when he was bringing pre-teen boys and girls into the shower suite? At the end of the video you can see the shower attendant coming into the shower suite, and she clearly didn’t know what to do. Then the purser made an appearance, and after that he had to take down the merch shop.
Here’s the video:
I’m still conflicted as to whether Emirates was in on this, or if he was truly going rogue here. It almost seems like Emirates may have upgraded him to first class for the video, or who knows, maybe he paid (he does nothing to indicate that he or anyone else paid what he claims the cash price is).
Also, while it seems like he eventually had to remove the merchandise, that was only after several people came to the shower suite from business class, which makes me think the crew must have known.
What do you guys think? Is this charming or obnoxious? Was Emirates in on this, or no?