Eric Greener did not meet his girlfriend in a conventional way, so a conventional proposal wouldn't do.
He met Brandy Hollenbeck while she was on the job as a flight attendant, so he fittingly popped the question when she was in the air.
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Hollenbeck had no idea her boyfriend was on the flight because her fellow flight attendants helped sneak him on the plane during boarding and then hid him during take-off.s. He was allowed to sit in the flight deck jump seat where she wouldn't see him because he's a pilot, Alaska Airlines wrote on its blog.
Greener's voice suddenly came on the plane's intercom with a surprise announcement. He began by explaining how the two met.
"About two and a half years ago, my parents came to visit, and I picked them up at the airport at Anchorage, and all my mother could talk about was this wonderful flight attendant she had met while flying out with Alaska Airlines."
Hollenbeck realized that the announcement may be about her but didn't understand it was important so she kept working, she told the airline.
"At one point I thought, 'Someone up there is telling my love story!' But I just kept serving coffee," she said.
Continuing the story, Greener said he saw Hollenbeck a few months later chowing down on a cheeseburger in her flight attendant uniform, and he thought that took courage.
The two struck up conversation, and Greener got her number.
"I met the woman of my dreams at 34,000 feet," Greener said, "so I figured it'd be time to continue our lives at 34,000 feet."
The passengers got excited as they realized what the announcement was and turned to smile at Hollenbeck. They applauded as Greener came out into the aisle to greet Hollenbeck.
She let him put the ring on her finger before he even got a chance to ask the question.