Flight Diverted Over Canadian Airspace So Gay Couple Could Wed

The pilot of a Virgin America red eye from San Francisco to New York City yesterday took a quick detour over Canadian airspace so two male passengers could be wed in a country where gay marriage is legal.

Virgin America flight 28 would generally not veer over the Canadian border, but the pilot made an exception to the flight plan so the couple could be married. As passenger Ryan McManus told MSNBC.com:

The head flight attendant made the announcement on the P.A. "While you were sleeping, we had a little wedding in the galley. The captain diverted us over Canadian airspace so he could marry two gentlemen." The flight attendants on Virgin are very playful and really good at conversation, so we weren't sure if they were having fun with us. But we could tell at the end he was being genuine. I was traveling with two other co-workers and we had to sort out what happened. We were like, is that a service they offer?

A Virgin America spokesperson had few details about the nuptials, but confirmed that this wasn't the first time Virgin has obliged passengers' wedding needs at 30,000 feet. Three years ago, a wedding was performed on a flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas -- officiated by Sir Richard Branson himself.

Read more at MSNBC.com.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 19, 2010, 5:05am

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