United’s “Fantasy Flights” take children to the North Pole

This children got to meet Santa after flying to the North Pole with United Airlines. Photo courtesy of United.

This child got to meet Santa after flying to the North Pole with United Airlines. Photo courtesy of United.

Some Los Angeles-area children got a special surprise this week from United Airlines. They got to fly to the North Pole to visit Santa.

United has been doing these flights for 20 years, and they’re meant for seriously ill children as well as disadvantaged kids. Many of them have never been on airplane before, so apparently they don’t seem to mind that the flight to the North Pole only takes a few minutes.

According to the United, the Fantasy Flight program is led by volunteer teams of employees and retirees. In addition to Los Angeles, the airline led trips to the North Pole from Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Newark, N.J., San Francisco and Washington, D.C. – as well as Boise, ID., Phoenix, San Antonio, Texas, and Sydney.

After the short airplane trip, children are led into an airport gate or hanger, where they get to meet Santa, receive gifts and celebrate the holiday.

Delta has a similar program from LAX, and I’ll be attending it on Wednesday.

Fantasy Kid 2

The above pictures are from United’s other hubs, but this one below is from the LAX celebration. Looks like there was a good crowd.

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