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Thursday, September 08, 2011

A little boy's dream

Zahava and Yonah recently flew to the US for a family simcha.

Now, Zahava's a fairly seasoned traveler. But how Yonah will handle any long journey is a crap shoot; sometimes he's great... and other times, not so much.

Zahava needn't have worried. Thanks in part to his iPad full of games, books and music, Yonah was the perfect travel companion. So much so, that he was able to completely charm his fellow travelers, as well as the flight crew.

Since 9/11, it is a relative rarity for the flight crew to extend an invitation to anyone to visit the cockpit during the flight. But apparently they were so taken with Yonah that mid-flight he was escorted up to the cockpit and was allowed to watch the pilots in action.

Zahava said that it might have been her imagination, but she sensed a bit of nostalgia on the part of the pilots for the days when they could routinely oblige the dreams of kids by giving them a glimpse of the flight deck and the people manning it. I guess when the stars align, they still occasionally like to connect with a child, and by doing so, rediscover the wonder and miraculous nature of their job.

[Before anyone asks, I am not going to divulge the airline or destination... just in case the flight crew broke any rules or laws]

Posted by David Bogner on September 8, 2011 | Permalink

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Very happy for him! I hung out on the flight deck of a 767 just before 9/11. We were flying over Iran at the time and I had a long chat with the pilots about what it must be like to live "down there". It was a warm and reflective conversation which I am sure broke the monotony of the flight for all of us. My flying passion started because someone let me take the controls of a small aircraft when I was just into my teens. Who knows what will happen for Yonah as a result of this event?

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Sep 8, 2011 9:23:03 PM

So great! Did Zehava get to go as well?

Posted by: Baila | Sep 9, 2011 7:20:18 AM

So great! Did Zehava get to go as well?

Posted by: Baila | Sep 9, 2011 7:20:18 AM

So great! Did Zehava get to go as well?

Posted by: Baila | Sep 9, 2011 7:20:18 AM

I remember, as a kid, going into the cockpit and meeting the pilot and copilot. The pilot gave me a wings pin, which I kept for years after. (Sadly, it's long gone.) Glad they had a pleasant and safe flight.

Posted by: AF | Sep 9, 2011 7:50:26 AM

I remember getting to go into the cockpit as a child, as well. We always got little wings pins too! Not surprised Yonah charmed everyone :)
Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: SaraK | Sep 9, 2011 4:02:52 PM

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