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There’s a great viral tweet going around about a flight attendant who very much has his priorities in order. I’ll let it speak for itself.
The tweet isn’t by the FA himself, but it’s a cute reminder that FAs are people too, with lives on the ground! 

This is doubly charming because 1) I’m also a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race (#TeamAquaria), and 2) I’m a baby AVGeek — so trying to pinpoint where inflight service manager (that’s ISM!) Ben Whatman was when he heard the news is a fun exercise.

From the ACARS (aircraft communications addressing and reporting system), the flight number tells us he was on Air New Zealand Flight 90. This route flies from NRT, Tokyo’s Narita Airport, to AKL, the airline’s hub in Auckland. So since Aquaria was crowned at around 9:30PM New York time on June 28, that would mean it was about 10:30AM Tokyo time / 1:30PM Auckland time on June 29. 

But then here’s where I run into trouble. ANZ90 had already landed in AKL by June 29, 10:23AM local time — about 3 hours before Aquaria won Drag Race. Maybe this message came for Ben on the next day’s flight, or maybe they were turning around? Or maybe Brandon From Crew Control predicted Aquaria’s victory while the plane was still in the air? I’ll admit, I’m not sure what the other numbers mean in this case, so I could be totally off in my theorizing.

In any case, this is very cool and lovely. If you too are a Drag Race fan, on your next flight, skip the clapping when the plane lands and instead yell “Miss Vanjie,” just to see how your FAs react.
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