STRABANE man Pat Toland’s plans for an extra special proposal certainly ‘took off’ when he asked for his partner’s hand in marriage while they jetted off to sunny Portaventura.
Some might say the situation was ‘plane’ genius. Mid-flight, a fly Pat organised with the cabin crew to give him access to the on-board mic where on a wing and a prayer he popped the question to partner Julie Logue, landing his wife-to-be in the process.
“It was certainly a very special memory,” explained Pat, still on a high from the occasion.
“I was planning it for quite some time, and decided it would be best to do it halfway through the flight.
The air hostesses were keen to help me and thought it would be a lovely gesture.”
While the proposal flew, Pat explained that carrying it out was something of a leap of faith.
“It definitely required some Dutch courage but I went through with it and Julie, along with the entire plane, was thrilled.
“The other passengers were singing their congratulations and the captain congratulated us with a bottle of champagne.
“I am pretty sure it has been done before, although the captain said he hadn’t witnessed it on any of his flights before. The cabin crew were also taken aback and expressed how heart-warming it was. I have to extend my thanks to the crew on the Jet2 flight for being so accommodating.”
It’s fair to say Pat and Julie’s engagement is off to a flying start!