When Eric Greener
saw flight attendant Brandy Hollenbeck eating a double cheeseburger in her
Alaska Airlines uniform at ANC, it was attraction at first sight. The Alaska
pilot started up a conversation, then asked for her phone number. That was two
and a half years ago and they've been dating ever since.
This week Greener
had another question he wanted to ask Hollenbeck, and he went to great heights
to do it.
Greener had been
saving for an engagement ring since last summer but he couldn't figure out
exactly how to make his proposal unique.
Last week, the
couple had a late-night phone call while she was in Seattle, wrapping up the
final leg of a four-day trip, and he realized that this was his
chance. Greeber called all of the flight attendants who would be on
Hollenbeck's flight from Seattle to Juneau to tell them what he was
planning, then he “threw on some nice clothes and skedaddled to the airport."
He took the red-eye
to SEA and secretly boarded Hollenbeck's departing flight. Since Greener is a
pilot, he had clearance to enter the cockpit, so that's where he hid until it
was time to grab the plane's intercom microphone, tell his story and ask the
most important question of his life.
While an oblivious
Hollenbeck served drinks to the passengers, Greener started speaking over the
intercom, talking about this flight attendant that he'd spotted eating a
cheeseburger in the airport terminal.
She said: “At one
point I thought, 'Someone up there is telling my love story!' But I just kept
continued: “I met the woman of my dreams at 34,000 feet, so I figured it's time
to continue our lives at 34,000 feet. Brandy Hollenbeck, I've loved you
since the moment I met you and I want to be the man for you for the rest of
your life. Will you marry me?"
A shocked Hollenbeck
started up the aisle as Greener emerged from the cockpit. According to the
Alaska Dispatch News, she was so surprised that she forgot to say yes until a
passenger reminded her to.
But she did say yes
– as you can see in this
video -- and plans are proceeding for a wedding next summer, likely a little
closer to terra firma.