Dallas Holiday Lights Attract Aerial Sightseers

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What started as a way to earn extra money during college has grown into a booming holiday business for David Snell, owner of Starlight Flight in Frisco, Texas. This month Snell's company will fly about 90 people low and slow over the glistening lights of Interlochen and Highland Park, two Dallas-area neighborhoods known for their large and elaborate holiday light displays (this is Texas, after all). A 30-minute flight for two people in a Cessna 172 costs $160, and an hour-long flight costs $215 about half the price of similar helicopter flights.

Passengers are encouraged to bring their own bubbly beverage onboard to celebrate (as long as they stay sober) and small snack baskets and fresh mistletoe are available for an extra $12. Snell said that some particularly romantic customers have taken that not-so-subtle invitation to kiss a little too far, though. "I've had people ask if we do the mile high club, but we have a family-friendly reputation," he said.