Low-cost UK airline easyJet has said that it is planning to offer in-flight weddings, in the latest revenue-building idea to be announced by a carrier.
The airline reported that is investigating whether it would be possible for its pilots to officiate at weddings during flights, handing over the controls of the plane to the co-pilot once the flight is airborne, so they could carry out the ceremony.
EasyJet has called this a time-saving opportunity for couples, meaning that they could marry on board the plane before arriving at their honeymoon destination.
Actually, the carrier said that the idea came about when increasing numbers of people said that they dreamed of being married “above the clouds”.
“We’re excited about these plans” said easyJet’s regional general manager for the UK, Paul Simmons, in comments reported in The Guardian.
He added: “If there is the opportunity, our pilots could be marrying couples in the air. Future brides and grooms can say ‘I will’ on the flight from London Gatwick to Olbia, on Sardinia, for example. After their marriage at a height of 30,000 feet they then can go directly on their honeymoon.”
It is likely however that easyJet will face legal challenges to marrying people in the sky. There is a UK regulation requiring that marriages be conducted in a non-movable permanent structure, with a local council registrar or a minister of religion officiating.
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