Pilot Proposes To Flight Attendant At 34,000 Feet

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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 serving coffee."

But Greener 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.

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