Man re-creates Southwest Airlines proposal for 25th anniversary
Screenshot taken from @SouthwestAir on Twitter

Just about 25 years ago, a man named Kyle Friedel proposed to his girlfriend Staci with the help of fellow passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight. I remember the story well. After landing, Kyle handed out roses, instructed the other passengers to give them his unsuspecting girlfriend waiting gateside (you could do that then), and then walked off the plane himself and popped the question. She said yes, of course.

This month, in fact, the couple celebrated their 25th anniversary. And so Kyle decided to re-create that memorable day in 1995. As told by Yahoo:

“Right before the couple’s 25th anniversary on February 11, Kyle decided to recreate his marriage proposal before him and Staci flew Southwest to visit her sister in Austin. According to Kyle, his wife never suspected a thing. ‘We started the day by arguing over making the bed, which is kind of funny and misleading because I was kinda laughing to myself thinking “oh man, this is great, she’s not gonna suspect a thing,”‘ he recalled.

“Kyle told Staci that he was running late and would meet her at the airport later than planned. While she was going through security, Southwest arranged for Kyle to meet an incoming flight on the jet bridge. There, Kyle handed flowers to arriving passengers to hand to Staci, who was waiting at the gate for her departure flight. ‘What do you say to 25 more years?’ Kyle asked Staci, while on bended knee. ‘I say yes, of course!’ she answered.”

Southwest, which helped make both moments (in 2020 and 1995) possible (and has made other cool moments possible), shared the story in pictures and video on Twitter.

The Southwest Airlines proposal, part two

Here’s the whole story of Kyle’s second Southwest Airlines proposal, including video, in tweets:


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