Love is in the air — 32,000 feet above ground proposal is accepted
By MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org October 23, 2011 6:58PM
Updated: November 25, 2011 8:13AM
They met on an airplane. A Delta flight, New York to Chicago.
She teased him because his bag was too big for the overhead compartment.
On Friday, nearly two years after the in-flight sparks flew, Hyde Park native Arvin Shandiz again found himself on a Delta flight with Alexandra Williams. He hoped to recapture the magic as he nervously patted the pocket of his pants to make sure the engagement ring was still there.
Shandiz, 27, told Williams, 28, he was going to use the bathroom. Minutes passed, and Williams became concerned her boyfriend was sick, until his voice came over the intercom. “Good evening everyone, my name is Arvin, and I’m on this flight with a beautiful young lady I met almost two years ago flying Delta Air Lines. . . . From the moment that I met her that night, I knew I never wanted to spend a second without her. . . . Alex, you’re the most beautiful girl in the world, and you make me so incredibly happy . . . so would you marry me?”
“Yes,” said Williams, while crying at 32,000 feet somewhere over Pennsylvania. Applause filled the cabin.
“What’d she say?” shouted a man from the rear of the plane. “She said, ‘Yes,’ ” yelled another passenger.
Delta, in on the scheme from the get-go, provided all passengers with champagne.
“I had no idea what was happening,” said Williams, who’s studying occupational therapy at Rush University. “I told her we were going to see my brother’s new baby in New York,” said Shandiz, an options trader.
“It was magical to say the least, and it’s been a fairy tale from the moment we met,” said Williams.
Upon arriving in Chicago Sunday, they were greeted at a decorated gate with a free honeymoon package from Delta.