By Cailey Rizzo
July 02, 2019
Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

A straight couple unknowingly booked seats for themselves and their two toddlers on Virgin Atlantic’s “Pride Flight” last week — and the British family of four really got into the spirit of things.

Attitude magazine shared a video of the family on June 29 bouncing in their seats and enjoying the flurry of drag queens dancing to Lady Gaga.

In honor of World Pride this weekend in New York City, Virgin Atlantic made a flight from London to New York its “Pride Flight.” The inaugural Pride Flight was staffed by LGBTQ-identifying Virgin Atlantic employees and hosted by The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess.

Kerry Powell, her husband Sean, and their sons, Calum and Cody, didn’t know that they would be on the Pride Flight until after they booked.

“We booked the flight in September 2018. Virgin then phoned us in October to inform us it had be chosen to be the Pride Flight,” Kerry told The Daily Mail. “They asked if we wanted to change flight which meant traveling on a different day which we couldn’t do, so we went ahead as planned.”

Once Virgin Atlantic announced that it would be the Pride Flight, seats sold out within 24 hours. Those on board had an eight-hour party across the Atlantic. Drag queens hosted bingo, DJs played sets in the bar, and dancers paraded down the aisles with rainbow flags and glitter.

“It was brilliant, the kids enjoyed it, and the eight hours flew by,” Powell told The Daily Mail.

The flight was number VS69 in honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City in 1969, kickstarting the first pride events. A portion of each ticket sale went towards The Attitude Magazine Foundation, which works to advance local Pride initiatives in the UK.

CEO Richard Branson announced that the “Pride Flight” will become an annual event for Virgin Atlantic, according to The Points Guy.

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