Woman on business trip ‘accidentally booked seat on Mardi Gras Pride Flight’


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A Melbourne woman heading to Sydney on a “low-key” business trip has claimed she accidentally booked a seat aboard Virgin Australia’s loud and proud Pride Flight down to Mardi Gras.

The day before the Mardi Gras Parade earlier this month, Virgin Australia hosted two big mile-high parties aboard flights to the Sydney event.

The two separate flights took off from Brisbane and Melbourne, taking punters to Sydney. Drag queens Penny Tration, Maxi Shield, Tora Hyman and Coco Jumbo entertained them aboard the two separate flights.

Melbourne health consultant Tracey Waters James was aboard the flight to Melbourne, and told the Daily Mail she had no idea what was in store.

“When I got to the airport there were rainbows everywhere, then as I got further there was heaps of glitter and glam,” she told the Daily Mail.

“Then I got to gate 42 and it was all-systems go.”

Tracey said she assumed the decorations were because of Mardi Gras weekend. However she didn’t realise she’d be joining in the festivities all the way to Sydney.

The glam cabin crew dispensed beverages as a DJ played Britney Spears, Cher and others the entire flight. James explaiend the 90-minute plane trip, her first since the start of the pandemic, was “the best flight of her life.”

“I had never met drag queens before,” she said.

“I’ve been in the dance industry for a long time… but have never had that interaction.

“I knew they would be the most divine human beings, and they were.”

She said she was one of eight businesspeople heading to the same Sydney conference who were on the flight.

“Some of the other guys were having a great time,” she recalled.

“Two just put their headphones in and ignored the party.

She added, “The flight [home to Melbourne] was boring, mundane. I thought, ‘Where’s the party at?’

“I would definitely book on this again. [Passengers] invited me to the after party.

“I wanted to go, but had work commitments.”

Virgin Australia launched the maiden Pride Flight to Mardi Gras last year, taking off from Brisbane.

On board last year’s flight, a gay couple got engaged in a surprise marriage proposal to cheers from over 100 fellow passengers.

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