A Little Government Shutdown Cheer from JetBlue

JetBlue billAs the much maligned shutdown of the U.S. federal government rolls on, here at last is a positive development—and it comes from JetBlue.

The New York-based airline announced today its plan to “Keep Bills Moving” by offering complimentary Even More Speed passes (good for expedited security processing) to all passengers named “Bill” flying out of the three major D.C. airports—Ronald Reagan (DCA), Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International (BWI). The offer is redeemable starting today and until October 31, 2013. Passengers booked under the same reservation as people named “Bill” are eligible to receive the free Even More Speed passes as well.

“Whatever our personal politics are, we’d all like to see good legislation moving through Washington,” said Marty St. George, senior vice president marketing and commercial strategy for JetBlue. “JetBlue is doing our part to keep ‘Bills’ moving by offering them an Even More Speed pass through security. And because we’re not picky we’ll take any ‘Bill’—Bill, Billy, William, Willa, Billie—heck, we’ll even offer it to Guillermos and Willems!”

To redeem their free Even More Speed passes, eligibly named flyers are asked to simply present a valid government-issued ID at the check-in desk.

And because it’s interesting, here’s a full list of Senators and U.S. Representatives who could benefit from the promotion:

Senators
Bill Nelson (D-FL)

U.S. Representatives
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)
William L. Enyart (D-IL)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Bill Foster (D-IL)
Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Bill Johnson (R-OH)
William R. Keating (D-MA)
Billy Long (R-MO)
William L. Owens (D-NY)
Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ)
Bill Posey (R-FL)
Bill Shuster (R-PA)
C. W. Bill Young (R-FL) (not sure about this guy; up to JetBlue)

Ian Livingston

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Ian Livingston

Traveler and writer Ian Livingston has lost his bearings in 59 countries, six continents and five NYC boroughs. He is better for it. Now living in Brooklyn, he reports on the world’s lesser-known quantities as a self-calibrating writer and by way of his roles as Editor at JohnnyJet.com and Chat Manager for the weekly #TravelSkills Twitter chat with Johnny Jet and Chris McGinnis. In his sights now: the polar regions.

1 Comment on "A Little Government Shutdown Cheer from JetBlue"

  1. slightly sexist of JetBlue, no?

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