[ESPN] David Baghdassarian is a huge Jets fan.
His Florida license plate is JTSFN, his tailgating grill is green and white and he dressed as Rex Ryan for Christmas. No, not Halloween. Christmas.
So when Baghdassarian was getting ready for a trip back to New York, where he was born and raised, he thought he’d give it a try: Get JetBlue to fly him home in its Jets plane.
As part of its partnership with the Jets, the company has been flying around a plane wrapped with the Jets logo since October 2010. Where it flies to and from is usually random, but this Jets fan wanted to change that.
On Aug. 23, a week before his flight, Baghdassarian (@bags) tweeted to JetBlue executives, who have been particularly active on Twitter.
The next morning, Barger sent the tweet along with the comment “Love it!” to his vice president of airport and system operations Alex Battaglia, known on Twitter as @B6AirportGuy.
A few hours later, the main @JetBlue account tweeted to Baghdassarian.
“I was super excited,” Baghdassarian, a 40-year-old health care attorney, told ESPN.com. “I didn’t tell too many people because I didn’t want to jinx it.”
On Thursday, he showed up at the airport in a Jets T-shirt for the flight and sure enough, when the he checked in, there was the plane in its green and white glory.
“I think it’s so great that CEOs and executives are making themselves accessible to the public and responding to things like this,” Baghdassarian said. “It really helps people connect with a company.”
You know what I’m gonna say. 2012 lad—you know what. I won’t even say it. It’s in the title.
However, the only question I ask, be it fair or not, is….would this have happened to a non-handicapped person? You have to wonder that right? Like when you saw his picture you said to yourself, “OH! He’s in a wheelchair. Not that big of a story anymore.” Right?
Am I right or am I right?