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JetBlue flies pink for Gay Pride Weekend
http://www.presstelegram.com ^ | 05/14/2010 | By Kristopher Hanson

Posted on 05/15/2010 2:05:24 PM PDT by Maelstorm

LONG BEACH - Fueled-up on free champagne and eager for a weekend of revelry, 110 passengers flew into Long Beach aboard a specially chartered JetBlue flight Friday honoring Gay Pride Weekend.

The traditionally quick and uneventful flight from San Francisco to Long Beach was transformed into a party replete with pink cocktails, pink cupcakes, flight attendants' uniforms in pink and 90 minutes of entertainment from comedian Pam Ann.

The idea of a JetPride flight comes as the New York-based carrier has grown gradually more involved in the city's second-largest annual event, which draws some 70,000 people to Long Beach annually, second in size only to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

JetBlue has been a Pride Weekend sponsor for five years, but this year offered round-trip tickets for $79 and numbered its Friday morning flight No. 1969 in honor of the famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, N.Y., which began the modern gay rights movement.

"It's just our way of showing a little bit of support for Pride Weekend and letting people know of our presence in two of the country's most gay-friendly communities, San Francisco and Long Beach," said Mark Rogers, a JetBlue marketing manager. "We're always looking for ways to continue outreach."

JetBlue has long operated daily trips between the cities, but noticed an uptick during Pride Weekend in recent years.

Long Beach Pride Co-President Sergio Macias estimates 76 percent of this weekend's revelers will visit from outside Long Beach, with about 13 percent coming from outside California.

An economic study estimates the event, now in its 27th year, generates about

$10 million of direct spending in Long Beach and more than $20 million for the regional economy.

Weekend events include a festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sunday at Marina Green Park and Rainbow Lagoon along Shoreline Drive, and a parade kicking off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Temple Avenue and Ocean Boulevard.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blue; disgrace; fdrq; gay; homosexualagenda; jet

1 posted on 05/15/2010 2:05:24 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

Probably the only flight in the US where you have to hide in the bathroom to NOT get in the Mile-High Club!


2 posted on 05/15/2010 2:06:37 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Think globally, act locally--beat up your neighborhood hippie communist.)
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To: Maelstorm

Sometimes a long, hard, pink tube is just a long, hard, pink tube.


3 posted on 05/15/2010 2:07:33 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Maelstorm

This is a flight I’d be happy to miss....probably lots of turbulence.


5 posted on 05/15/2010 2:11:35 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Maelstorm

This is a real win win situation:

1. People with families and just biases did not have to fly with this group headed to Long Beach.

2. The group on the plane felt special.

3. JetBlue gets PC points for the flight and at the same time does not offend other customers, ie see point 1.


6 posted on 05/15/2010 2:13:23 PM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who wont even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day)
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To: Maelstorm; Clemenza

Non-stop to Fire Island ?


7 posted on 05/15/2010 2:15:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: JudyinCanada

The Uranus Special.


8 posted on 05/15/2010 2:16:16 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Maelstorm

Did the pilots wear nothing but pink jockstraps?


9 posted on 05/15/2010 2:25:07 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm voting for Sarah Palin because she pisses off the right people.)
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To: Maelstorm
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10 posted on 05/15/2010 2:25:41 PM PDT by skimask ("To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.")
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To: Maelstorm
Boycott Jet Blue!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
11 posted on 05/15/2010 2:28:12 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Maelstorm

I live 3 minutes from Long Beach. JetBlue once offered me a job there, glad I turned it down.


12 posted on 05/15/2010 2:31:26 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Maelstorm

They should fly BROWN!


13 posted on 05/15/2010 2:37:17 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: P-Marlowe

Been doing Southwest air, and’ll continue!

Jet blew isn’t an option.


14 posted on 05/15/2010 2:39:24 PM PDT by benewton (Life sucks, then you die)
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To: Maelstorm

Let us all know when the Heterosexual pride week comes up. Or how about the traditional strong families pride week.


15 posted on 05/15/2010 2:55:13 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Maelstorm
Press-Telegram
17 posted on 05/15/2010 3:03:31 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Maelstorm
The traditionally quick and uneventful flight from San Francisco to Long Beach was transformed into a party replete with pink cocktails, pink cupcakes, flight attendants' uniforms in pink and 90 minutes of entertainment from comedian Pam Ann.

Why no mention of the oral....uuuuumh,maybe I shouldn't say it! ;-)

18 posted on 05/15/2010 3:28:13 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Maelstorm

Welllllll ... Jet Blue just got scratched off my list of airlines.


19 posted on 05/15/2010 3:33:24 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: rbosque

same here. Just to get from Hollywood to Long Beach and pass by those beautiful vistas of Compton, Watts, Rosa Parks was just too much..


20 posted on 05/15/2010 3:35:03 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Maelstorm
Would have been a great day for some severe clear air turbulence. Sometimes bad CAT can overstress wing spars to their failure point.
21 posted on 05/15/2010 3:36:30 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: max americana

Yeah, if I could I’d shut my eyes going on the 105. There’re just places here in the LA area I won’t go through.


22 posted on 05/15/2010 3:39:28 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Bryanw92

All Egress and Ingress is Back Door only.


23 posted on 05/15/2010 3:39:57 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Maelstorm

Anyone who actively supports queers automatically loses all of my business forever!

Go, Southwest!!!!!!


24 posted on 05/15/2010 4:09:02 PM PDT by Walrus (My congressman is toast in 2010 --- how about yours?)
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To: skimask

That is just TOO OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY!!!

Bravo!


25 posted on 05/15/2010 4:58:22 PM PDT by Poundstone
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To: Maelstorm
Yuck, we're booked on a JetBlue in the near future...
..should I disinfect the seats :^).....UGH
26 posted on 05/15/2010 5:07:28 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Guenevere
ps...I didn't want to fly in the first place...
..this just makes me ill
27 posted on 05/15/2010 5:10:19 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Maelstorm

Won’t ever buy tickets from them again.


28 posted on 05/15/2010 5:13:31 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: Maelstorm

They will never get another dime from me.


29 posted on 05/15/2010 5:23:29 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
The ONLY airline that flies nonstop from Provincetown to Key West! Endorsed by the Governor of Florida:
30 posted on 05/15/2010 8:10:39 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Maelstorm

Not flying JetPink if I can help it...


31 posted on 05/16/2010 6:27:35 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: skimask

HILARIOUS!

PING!


32 posted on 08/11/2010 6:45:57 PM PDT by Poundstone
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