An influencer says he faked a broken ankle to get a free business class upgrade on a long-haul flight

Jamie Zhu faked a broken ankle and claims it got him a free business class upgrade.

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Jamie Zhu faked a broken ankle and claims it got him a free business class upgrade.
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  • Influencer Jamie Zhu claims he was upgraded to business class for free after faking a broken ankle.
  • He was travelling long-haul with Cathay Pacific, and bought the moon boot for the prank at Sydney airport, according to his YouTube video.
  • Zhu says he got to enjoy the full business-class experience, including all the food and reclining seat.
  • Neither Jamie Zhu nor Cathay Pacific immediately responded to Insider’s request for further comment.
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An influencer faked a broken ankle to try and get upgraded to business class on a long-haul flight for free – and he claims it actually worked.

Jamie Zhu – who has 1.1 million followers on Instagram – documented the scam in a video posted to his YouTube channel and Instagram.

The Australian influencer was set to fly economy with Cathay Pacific, so he checked in as normal. Before getting to the gate, however, Zhu went into an airport store to buy a moon boot for his trick.

He put the boot on and then faked a limp while walking round the terminal and boarding the plane.

When Zhu got to his seat, he told the flight attendants he couldn’t fit his boot in the limited amount of leg-room.

“It’s not fitting,” he said. “The boot doesn’t fit in here. Can I get another seat or something? I can’t fit here at all because of the boot. I’ve got a broken ankle.”

The flight attendant replied saying she would “have to get the clearance.”

And after another member of staff came along to have a look, Zhu was moved to a business class seat.

“Oh my god, guys, it actually worked,” he said, before swiftly removing the boot and putting his feet up.

Zhu then enjoyed the full business class service including all the food and drink, not to mention he said he got eight hours’ sleep.

As Zhu disembarked the plane – without the boot and walking normally – he said he’d had a relaxing flight.

One of the Cathay Pacific staff members said to him: “I hope your ankle gets better.”

“Oh yeah, I forgot about that,” Zhu responded.

While some of Zhu’s followers have commended him for his trick, others have criticized him, and some say they think the whole thing was a stunt and didn’t really happen.

Insider has contacted Cathay Pacific and Jamie Zhu for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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