Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2120 posts, RR: 8 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10387 times:
Jetblue “Jet Pride” Flight
May 14, 2010
Just a quick disclaimer: This trip report is about my JetPride flight experience. JetPride flight is a Jetblue’s special flight to celebrate the Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT Long Beach Pride and the flight number 1969 is selected to celebrate the historic Stonewall Riots, which opens a new chapter in the struggles for equality of the LGBT community. Since this is a civil aviation website, the trip report is just like any other reports I have written. If you are uncomfortable with the subject matter, please be respectful and just skip this trip report! It is a flight to celebrate the LGBT community and I am proud to be part of this flight and thankful that Jetblue is willing to be supportive of the community and hope other US airlines can follow Jetblue (and Air New Zealand, which had a pink flight last year from SFO to AKL) footsteps. I am also grateful that Jetblue opened this flight to the public so we have a chance to be part of this special flight, and of course, the fabulous host, Pam Ann, who brought joy to this special flight.
As the official sponsor airline of the Long Beach Pride, Jetblue decides to do a special celebratory flight and turns one of its normal noon flight from SFO to Long Beach into a special one. Here is the link to the official press release - http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...-to-long-beach-pride-91593959.html and instead of a closed flight, it was open to sales but I have to call a special number to book the flight. The cost is $79 plus tax and the extra legroom seats are sold for a special $5, and after a friendly phone call to the Jetblue’s Special event link, I got a confirmation and got a seat at 2A.
Check-in was done at the usual Jetblue’s area in the International terminal, and there was a special JetPride flight check-in line, and Pam Ann was already working the crowd. Pam Ann is definitely a class act and a glamorous flight attendant, and kept the crowd going throughout the whole celebration. The security line was long due to the number of afternoon departures to various Asian destinations. It was interesting to witness how they gave Pam Ann a pad down and TSA definitely did not score points today. All the other Asian passengers were curious on what was going on and possibly did not have a clue. There was a small celebration in the gate A12 with champagne (sparkling wine), bottled water, juices and coffee, along with pink cupcakes. Various Virgin American and airport staffs looked upon us and it was definitely a good event.
Of course I could not skip the reporting of various airplanes parked at the International Terminal Concourse at this busy afternoon hour. Asiana sends its Boeing 777-200ER HL7596. Japan Airlines’ usual Boeing 777-300ER JA742J was getting ready for Narita. Qantas’ Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEI, Cathay Pacific Airways’ Boeing 747-400 B-HOT and Delta Airlines’ Airbus A330-300 N855NW all looked beautiful under the California sun.
Boarding commenced with Pam Ann announced, “Are you ready to board, bitches?” And the order of boarding was not the usual rows and/or zones, but tops, bottoms, versatile, virgins, bears, cubs, twinks and you can guess the rest, but the lesbians got to board first. Jetblue staffs were handing out gift bags and special JetPRIDE t-shirt in the jetway. Gift bag contains Jetblue’s notepad, keychain, snooze pack, lip palm, a LGBT DVD sponsored by gay.com, Advocate and OUT magazines obviously, and the Advocate rep was in row 3. There was a special t-shirt with the LGBT in the front with LGB highlighted, and the JetPRIDE logo in the back. Three wonderful New York based F/As, Keiri, Marsha and T(Sorry can’t remember), were in charge of our flight this afternoon. Captain then made his usual pre-takeoff announcement and announced that Pam Ann was his wife. Everyone was in good spirit.
At 12:22pm door was closed, and finally we all had to take our seats. Plane was pushed back at 12:28pm and we took off from R/W1L at 12:40pm. Flying time was an hour and two minutes long with a cruising attitude of 31,000feet (started at 33,000feet and it was choppy). The captain requested a Bay tour, but the low clouds and fog blocked the view. Nonetheless the celebration continued when the aircraft reached 10,000feet and Pam Ann pouring the five of us at Row 2 our champagne, and talking with passengers throughout the plane. Couple folks from Lufthansa joined the flight and made some German announcements. Then Kurt from the “joie de vivre” hotel chain gave out four free nights at various “joie de vivre” establishment in the South Bay. The usual express beverage and snack service was replaced by sparkling wine and pink cocktail, which is “Vodka Cranberry”. I sort of wish they have passed out chips, but the flight was filled with people up and down the aisle.
Descent soon began at 1:17pm, and there was another ceremony. Tood, the vice president of Jetblue’s corporate communication made another thank you announcement, and Jetblue and the F/As present Pam Ann with an official flight attendant wing. Pam Ann was surprised and the gesture was symbolic and definitely an honor. Then the Jetblue team presented Pam Ann with an appreciation gift of a airplane designed toiletry bag filled with goodies. Soon the plane turned towards the coast and we landed on R/W30 at 1:42pm and parked at Stand 3 four minutes later. Pam Ann was in the door saying her goodbye. JETPRIDE was definitely a fun flight and I feel it as an honor to be part of this flight. This Jet Pride Flight blends the two important aspects of my life – my work towards my inquiry of the LGBTQ community and my love of planes. I sort of wish that it will be a longer flight. Nonetheless I am proud of being part of this flight and thank Jetblue for the celebratory flight and Pam Ann for this entertaining flight.
mtaabq From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8925 times:
Canfield, outstanding report! Thank you for chronicling this great event for us. Wonderful verbiage and even better pics. And you got to fly with Pam Ann to boot! I'm jealous as hell and wish I had been a part of it. As it is I'm glad you were there to tell us all about it.
hausauflennon From Barbados, joined Jul 2009, 87 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7623 times:
Interesting TR and quite an unusual flight theme! Out of curiosity, was the flight specially for the LGBT community and members of the corporate environment within the community, or was it just a normally scheduled flight that operated with that theme?
Nonetheless, good TR. I'm always amazed by B6's progressive approach to business and community relations (nevermind the community at hand ).
Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2120 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7486 times:
The JETPRIDE flight is open to everyone and there are supporters of the LGBT community on board. However, this flight was not available to purchase on line and you have to dial a special number to book this flight. It is open to public, but you just have to call a special hotline to book it. Initially I tried to check online, and could verify that the flight was not listed in their booking machine. I can verify that it has to be booked through the special event hot line. I assume it is to avoid some unpleasant surprises for some folks and avoid possible hostile situation.
hausauflennon From Barbados, joined Jul 2009, 87 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7388 times:
Quoting davidkunzVIE (Reply 5): Hehe...can you imagine Coulter, O'Reilly or the like accidentally being booked on this flight?
The horror on their faces would be grounds for having them escorted off the flight. rotfl lol.
Quoting Carfield (Reply 6): I assume it is to avoid some unpleasant surprises for some folks and avoid possible hostile situation.
I suspect so as well. It crossed my mind how would it go down if some extreme anti-gay persons wound up on that flight and were boarded by the hilarious Pam Anne according to tops, bottoms, bears, twinks etc. There'd either be heart attacks or blood shed...