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A family-of-four found themselves at the centre of a fabulous celebration after accidentally booking tickets on a sold-out Pride flight to New York.
This unsuspecting family accidentally booked on to the @VirginHolidays @VirginAtlantic #PrideFlight for their holiday - and they absolutely COMMITTED to the madness :joy::flag_white:️:rainbow: pic.twitter.com/RyzE3smUiL- Attitude (@AttitudeMag) June 29, 2019
On Friday, as Pride Month came to a close, Kerry Powell, her husband Sean and their sons Calum, four, and Cody, one, jumped aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight - little did they know they were about to have the time of their lives.
Kerry told the Daily Mail: "We booked the flight in September 2018. Virgin then phones us in October to inform us it had been chosen to be the Pride Flight.
"They asked if we wanted to change flight which meant travelling on a different day which we couldn't do, so we went ahead as planned."
When the day arrived, the family were seated amongst dozens of drag queens, who put on singalong shows as LGBTQ+ crew served refreshments - including rainbow eclairs - as the passengers got to know each other.
Plus they got to rub shoulders with stars including Ru Paul's superstar Courtney Act, I'm a Celebrity winner Scarlett Moffatt, Strictly's AJ Prichard and Netflix star Titus Burgess, all the while DJ Jodie Harsh kept the party going by spinning pumping tunes. Stonewall veteran and LGBTQ+ icon, Tree Sequoia, 80, was also on board.
It's no surprise the flight is an exclusive and popular journey, one that sells out within 24 hours of the tickets going on sale. Although the family were booking their holiday, a majority of the passengers were on their way to join the New York World Pride Parade.
Gay lifestyle publication Attitude shared a clip of the flight on Twitter, along with the caption: "This unsuspecting family accidentally booked on to the @VirginHolidays @VirginAtlantic #PrideFlight for their holiday - and they absolutely COMMITTED to the madness."
Let's face it, flying is not exactly an enjoyable affair. It's the bit of the holiday you want to get out of the way until the real fun begins.
In this case, however, the party started from the moment they lifted off - it looks like everyone's having the most fun ever.
Kerry added: "It was brilliant, the kids enjoyed it and the eight hours flew by."
Frivolity aside, the trip itself was an important one, as it was named VS69 to mark the year of the Stonewall uprising.
This year's Pride event is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the year the iconic riots took place.
Mark Anderson, the Global LGBTQ+ Lead for Virgin Group, said: "At Virgin, we take our commitment to diversity and inclusion seriously. We also know how to put on a seriously fun party.
"To mark this momentous anniversary in the history and future of LGBTQ+ rights, we wanted to do everything possible to give customers the Pride experience of a lifetime."
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