Airline Gives Fliers the Gifts They Want for Christmas

WestJet passengers receive gifts—some pricey—after flight
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Updated Dec 15, 2013 11:05 AM CST

These may have been the best plane flights of all time: Passengers on two WestJet flights last month got a chance to talk to Santa via video before boarding—and by the time they arrived, the gifts they had asked him for had been bought, wrapped, and were on their way to baggage claim. Fliers en route to Calgary via the Toronto and Hamilton airports were asked to scan their boarding passes before they got on the plane, Fast Company reports. That prompted the appearance of an onscreen Santa Claus, who knew their name and asked what they wanted for Christmas. The 250 passengers were taped by hidden cameras.

Once the requests were in, airline employees had roughly four hours to get the items before the planes landed in Calgary, reports Fox News. Some 175 workers for the Canada-based company hurried to stores to get everything from a snowboard to a big-screen TV to (one guy's possibly regrettable request for) socks and underwear. Upon arriving, passengers couldn't believe their eyes. The whole thing was captured on a pretty heartwarming video. And even if there's a PR-stunt aspect to it, it's one that keeps on giving. WestJet said that when the video got 200,000 views, it would donate flights to families via Ronald McDonald House Charities; it's already been seen more than 7 million times. (Read more WestJet stories.)

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