Pilot Celebrates One Millionth Passenger By Showering Her With Gifts And Paying For Her Flight

"Today is a special day."

Captain John Richie just celebrated his 1 millionth passenger on Southwest Airlines. But rather than celebrate alone, Richie decided to surprise the passenger with an extra-special gift.

Before taking off from Denver to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Captain Richie took to the intercom to explain the situation. In a video uploaded to Facebook, he says: 

"Today is a special day. Ever since I started with Southwest, I've kept track of the passengers I've flown, and today I'm flying my one millionth passenger."

With that, he announces that he has a bottle of champagne and an envelope filled with enough cash to pay the price of that passenger's ticket. He then walks down the aisle and hands it off to her — just like that. 

"Thank you, thank you so much," the passenger says to the captain with a smile on her face. 

"He figured out exactly how much she paid for her ticket ... put that much (out of his own pocket!) in an envelope and presented it to her," Southwest flight attendant Jennifer Todd captions on the video. "Captain John Charles Ritchie, you, sir, are the epitome of everything Southwest stands for and continues to even though we've grown so incredibly much over these past 45 (+) years. Without a heart, it's just a machine!!"


Richie has been a pilot on Southwest Airlines for the past 22 years. Prior to that, he served as an Air Force pilot. We think congratulations are in order. 

(H/T: HuffPost)

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