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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LaShaye Hutchinson says
Hi Tigers!!!! I am the Flight Attendant that worked your flight to Pasadena #Flight 7422 (The GEORGIA fan (Gooo Dawgs!) I will admit this group of Auburn Alumni and Fans were AMAZING!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed working your flight. I look forward to bringing the BCS National Champions the Auburn Tigers home. “WAR EAGLE!!!!”
That was so cute. What airline was this cause those are definitely not Southwest Airlines seat. That’s too back cause I would love to fly with you! lol!
That’s not Southwest Airlines… Maybe do a little more research on that one.
Well, Annalisa said it was Southwest. The attendant didn’t correct us in the comments. Southwest was the airline that had tons of Auburn stuff at their check in counter in Birmingham, which is where the flight was out of. Unless you see a Delta or American or whatever logo that we’re not seeing, or think that Annalisa was lying, I’d say it was probably Southwest.
LaShaye Hutchinson says
This flight was operated by AirTran Airways who provided Charter service. The two airlines (Southwest and AirTran) have been in the process of merging since 2011.