An unsuspecting family of four were entreated to the in-flight entertainment experience of a lifetime when they accidentally booked onto a flight celebrating Pride. The parents and their two children expecting a routine flight to New York were instead met with flamboyant scenes of glittering drag queens, and Broadway stars.
Little did they know they had booked onto Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural Pride flight – in the airline’s first UK flight as the LGBTQ community mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. If the family were surprised – they took it all in their stride.
In footage from aboard the one-off six-hour flight from London, the two little boys can be seen dancing excitedly on the seats to Lady Gaga’s hit ‘Born This Way’ as a drag queen in red prances down the aisle.
It is not known who the family are- but the UK’s Attitude magazine posted the footage online, writing the unsuspecting family: “COMMITTED to the madness.”
The plane was filled with celebrities including Broadway and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess, and Big Brother reality show drag queen entertainer Courtney Act.
The whole flight was treated to a DJ set playing iconic dance-floor fillers like ‘It’s Raining Men’ as passengers danced down the aisles.
The flight was staffed entirely by LGBTQ pilots and crew, as they celebrated queer culture 38,000ft above the Atlantic. Its crew were pictured wearing rainbow lanyards as they chaperoned the party plane to the Big Apple. Flight VS069 was given the number ’69’ to commemorate the year the Stonewall riots took place.
The 1969 uprising in reaction to police raids on the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan amid a culture of persecution is considered to have been a pivotal moment in LGBTQ history in the lead-up to the gay liberation movement.
The milestone has seen this year’s Pride parades around the world celebrate the legacy of the uprising on its half-century anniversary.