It’s sad, but I don’t have a whole lot of faith in humanity for the most part. I mean, it’s kind of hard to when you look at the things going on around us. Then again, there are times where I can’t help but have a bit of that faith restored, like United’s annual Fantasy Flight.
I was at LAX on Saturday morning and saw the volunteers setting this up, and at the time wasn’t sure what it was for. But as soon as I boarded my flight it hit me that it probably had to do with this. So what exactly is it? Basically United has one (or several) mock up flights to the North Pole every year for those that can use a boost in their spirits. This year it was foster children and disabled adults. Basically they all board a plane, rocket down the runway, fly for 45 minutes, and then land at the North Pole (in this case the area of LAX airport that was decorated). From what I’ve heard from United employees that have volunteered for this in the past, it’s an unforgettable experience.
What’s most touching is the fact that this event is put on by volunteers, both from United and elsewhere. They not only volunteer their time for the event but also raise the money for this, and that’s saying a lot. It’s just refreshing to see that there’s still people out there doing nice things despite the crappy economy, “it’s all about me” mentality that’s all too common, and of course the internal labor issues at United.
(Tip of the hat to Karen)