Auburn flags and balloons greeted Auburn fans flying Southwest to Pasadena at the Birmingham airport today. But the real rah-rah was on the planes, at least the one Auburn senior Annalissa Drummond’s family was lucky enough to board.
“She had been talking for about a minute before,” Drummond says of a Southwest flight attendant named Sandra giving a flight full of Auburn fans en route to the BCS National Championship game a stirring speech before takeoff. “She had teared up right when she started talking saying Auburn was her team.”
Drummond shot a video of the impromptu pep rally on her iPhone.
The stewardess turned cheerleader can be heard telling passengers that though she could take them to California, she couldn’t take them back—at least not the day of the game.
“Monday night I cannot bring you home,” she says over the cabin’s PA system. “I will be way too emotional. I will not be able to work. I’m telling you that right now. When we beat Georgia, I was rolling around the floor, I was screaming ‘woooo! Thank you, Jesus!”
Drummond says the flight’s other attendant was “a huge Georgia fan, but lost a bet and had to wear Auburn and scream ‘War Damn Eagle’ on the intercom.”
Sandra also encouraged Auburn fans to shut “Florida State fans down.”
“We don’t stop yelling. You keep our team in the game the whole, entire, time! We play 60 minutes of football… the Auburn Tigers play 60 minutes of football. Let’s go, let’s go…”
Drummond says Sandra talked Auburn with passengers several times during the four and a half hour flight, including 45 minutes worth of Auburn trivia complete with gift bags to people (like Drummond: “Who was the first team Auburn ever played?”) who answered the questions correctly.
“She later got on and told us the pilot had told her our flight had originally been chartered for Alabama to go to the national championship but had been intercepted by Auburn,” Drummond says. “She also came running out to the terminal gate before we boarded the gate screaming ‘War Eagle.”
Sandra, you’re our hero…
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