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Air traffic controller proposes to girlfriend on a flight

Man Takes Marriage Proposal To The Skies


Bryson Katzel, an air traffic controller at Vancouver International Airport, seized an incredible opportunity to pop the question to his girlfriend, Christine Waters, who was flying in from Montreal.

The story dates back to 2006, according to a blog post on Cockpit Conversation -- but the adorable moment is bound to melt your heart regardless of its age.

According to a video of the call transcript, an audibly nervous Katzel got some help -- and a bout of confidence -- from an Air Canada pilot. The video notes that the conversation occurred after a successful landing and on a separate frequency, so safety was never jeopardized.

"My girlfriend is on that plane and I was gonna propose to her while you were in the air," he said. 'But I chickened out."

A flight AC187 crew member immediately took action.

"Come on! That's bad, that's really really bad. Give us her name and we're gonna tell her that."

Katzel was redirected to speak over the aircraft speakers, and he flawlessly delivered a performance to his unsuspecting girlfriend in seat 25C.

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, I'm your air traffic controller speaking to you from the control tower here at Vancouver airport. I hope all of you have enjoyed your flight this evening with Air Canada from Montreal, and I welcome all of you to Vancouver. The reason I am speaking to you is because there is a very special lady on your flight this evening. Her name is Christine Waters. Christine, can you raise your hand, please? Way up, so everyone can see. Christine, I am crazy in love with you, can't imagine my life without you. You can't see me right now, but I am down on my knee, I have a ring in my hand. Christine, will you make me the happiest man in the world and be my wife?"

We're willing to bet he made Christine the happiest woman in the world that day. According to the pilot, she said 'Yes!' so loud he could hear it from the cockpit.

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Kms August 24 2014 at 8:57 AM

They were not in flight or moving. They guy wasn't likely managing air space of any flights at the time. It was sweet.

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darkcloudstonite August 24 2014 at 12:21 PM

This happened in 2006, if you want to read about something that happened this year please come back in 2022

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Dennis August 24 2014 at 9:47 AM


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Mike August 24 2014 at 7:55 AM

Are they divorced yet?

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darkcloudstonite August 24 2014 at 11:37 AM

" As the announcement began, Christine was seen zipping up her skirt as she and a male passenger exited the bathroom together...."

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msmith6791 darkcloudstonite August 24 2014 at 1:36 PM

What are you a comic or something?

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meepstein darkcloudstonite August 24 2014 at 2:12 PM

Please someone find a cure for stupid.

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exitscreaming August 24 2014 at 11:22 AM

" bound to melt your heart ".....is AOL somehow contractually bound to continue nauseating it's readers ?

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meepstein exitscreaming August 24 2014 at 2:13 PM

I notice that you are still reading AOL news.

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buckschottz August 24 2014 at 9:08 AM

Christine, you and me could make a team, eh?
"Ya sure hoser"

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jijjhnsn August 24 2014 at 7:34 AM

Now this is getting out of hand.

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Kurtcobainskyblueyes jijjhnsn August 24 2014 at 8:04 AM

No place for a proposal! Not these days.

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frank1946 August 24 2014 at 10:16 AM

I like this Story.

Love at it's best.

Tears and Cheers !

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exitscreaming August 24 2014 at 1:19 PM

So rather than propose in person he calls in and proposes before an audience of strangers....bizarre thought process there

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