My son and daughter‑in‑law had just married. I set in motion a plan to surprise them during their flight back home.
I got the frequency for Newark inbound flights at 16,000 feet from Albany Approach. I then contacted Boston Center for permission to contact United 139 for a personal message. Then it went like this:
Me: “United 139, this is Liberty 1234, about 3 miles directly below. My son and daughter‑in‑law were married two days ago; they’re on board, and I’m hoping you can surprise them with some good wishes?”
UAL 139: “That’s wonderful. We’ll join you in congratulating them, and their parents too!”
Whereupon the flight crew presented the newlyweds with their best wishes, and a bottle of Champagne.
Thank you to Albany Approach, Boston Center and the crew of UAL 139 for helping make the newlyweds’ return to the U.S. a memorable occasion!