Passengers Cheer for Pilot's Very Special Preflight Speech

Jon Emerson proposed to his flight attendant girlfriend right before takeoff
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Right Before Takeoff, Pilot Surprises Flight Attendant GF
#LaurenLandedEmerson.   (Facebook)

Call it the tamer (and more romantic) version of the Mile High Club, before the plane even left the ground. The Independent reports on an airline pilot who decided to surprise his flight attendant girlfriend, who works with him, two days before Christmas. As Jon Emerson, 24, gave passengers weather, altitude, and turbulence details before their SkyWest flight took off from Detroit to Oklahoma City, he suddenly changed the subject. He introduced 23-year-old Lauren Gibbs as his girlfriend, and also as "one of our very best flight attendants," then said he wanted her to not only remember this day as their anniversary, but also as a "day to be known for the rest of our lives."

In a video Gibbs posted to her Facebook page, Emerson can then be seen whipping out a ring box and getting down on one knee in front of Gibbs to offer his marriage proposal amid clapping and cheers from the flight's passengers. (Emerson headed back to the PA system to note, "She said yes" for those who couldn't hear in the back.) "I got to say the easiest YES of my life to my best friend!" Gibbs writes in her post. "It still feels like a dream and I cannot explain how blessed I am to spend forever with Jon." She included the hashtag #LaurenLandedEmerson, then added a bit of news about the venue for their nuptials: "Sorry to disappoint, but the wedding will not be on a plane!" (Another holiday season proposal, this one in subzero temperatures.)

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