5 United Airlines Customers Win Free Flights For A Year

On Thursday, United Airlines announced the lucky winners in its ‘Your shot to fly’ sweepstakes. As an incentive…

5 United Airlines Customers Win Free Flights For A Year

On Thursday, United Airlines announced the lucky winners in its sweepstakes. As an incentive for people to get vaccinated in hopes of restarting travel sooner, the carrier made a full year of free air travel to any of its global destinations up for grabs for five of its MileagePlus loyalty members willing to get the jab.

United is giving away a full year of free travel to five lucky vaccinated winners – and their companions. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

One million people participated

The winners were selected randomly on July 1st, but the list has only just been made public. The free tickets include those for the winner, but also for a companion of their choice. We have a feeling these lucky winners may get calls from several relatives and friends checking if they might be in need of travel partners to interesting destinations. 

The sweepstakes may not have been a decisive factor for all the people who participated to get the jab or not, but more than one million of United’s loyalty members uploaded their vaccine cards to the airline’s app and website. 

“We were proud to do our part to encourage more Americans to get their shot and were thrilled by the overwhelming response we received. This prize clearly struck an emotional chord with our customers, as the opportunity to travel and connect with people and places that matter most is something that clearly has been missed during the pandemic,” United’s CEO, said in a statement. 

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The price is valid for any class of cabin on United’s flight. Photo: United Airlines

Oh, the places you’ll go

The five winners are residents of Bradenton in Florida, Cleveland in Ohio, Goodyear in Arizona, and Oakland and San Francisco in California. United flies from Sarasota-Bradenton Airport to its main hubs and the same is true for Cleveland and Phoenix Sky Harbor International, the closest airport to Goodyear. 

They can continue onwards from for instance Newark to Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Delhi, Edinburgh, Dublin, Guatemala City, Lima, Milan, Reykjavik, São Paulo, and Venice. Of course, there are also all the beautiful national parks located close to United’s domestic destinations. 

Meanwhile, travelers from San Francisco can choose from nonstop services to Europe with destinations such as Amsterdam, , and Zurich. In the other direction, there is Papeete in Tahiti, or – if things reopen enough within the year – Tokyo, Beijing, or Sydney. Slightly closer to home there is also Cancun to the south and Toronto to the north. And while United currently does not fly from Oakland, it is a mere 30 minutes drive to SFO. 

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An additional 30 people have won a pair of roundtrip tickets with the airline. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

Thirty more people get roundtrips

An additional 30 fully vaccinated loyalty members were selected randomly in June to win a roundtrip flight for two in any class in any service to any of the airline’s destinations. 

“I’d like to extend my personal gratitude to everyone who entered the sweepstakes and more importantly, made the decision to get vaccinated,” Scott Kirby continued his message on Thursday. 

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Jetpack Man Is Back: More Sightings From Los Angeles Area Pilots

The infamous Jetpack Man of Los Angeles has been sighted again, this time by a pilot of a…

Jetpack Man Is Back: More Sightings From Los Angeles Area Pilots

The infamous Jetpack Man of Los Angeles has been sighted again, this time by a pilot of a Boeing 747 flying east of Los Angeles. An object resembling a jetpack was seen 15 miles east of LAX at an altitude of 5,000 feet. The sighting prompted air traffic control to issue a warning to pilots in the area, telling them “the jet man is back.”

The mysterious ‘Jetpack Man’ has been sighted in the skies around Los Angeles again. Photo: Getty Images.

The LA Jetpack Man returns

After a series of mysterious sightings over the past year, the ‘Jetpack Man’ of Los Angeles was spotted again on Wednesday evening. A pilot flying east of Los Angeles onboard a Boeing 747 made the sighting, causing air traffic controllers to broadcast a warning to other pilots.

In a statement, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said,

“A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jet pack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude. Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the vicinity.”

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The jetpack was spotted at an altitude of roughly 5,000 feet. Photo: Getty Images

ATC issues a warning to pilots

Given the risk of having an unidentified jetpack flying around, air traffic controllers were quick to broadcast a warning to other pilots in the vicinity. CBS News obtained audio recordings of the warning:

ATC: Skywest 3626, use caution. The jet man is back; let me know if you see him.

ATC: Skywest 3626, did you see the UFO?

Pilot: We were looking, but we did not see Iron Man.

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Authorities believe ‘Jetpack Man’ is not an actual person but a human-shaped drone. Photo: Jetpack Aviation

After a series of sightings last year, the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) opened up an official investigation. The FBI concluded that the Jetpack Man is highly unlikely to be an actual person. The prevailing theory is that the jetpack is a drone operated remotely.

David Mayman, CEO of Jetpack Aviation, agrees that Jetpack Man is unlikely to be a person. Mayman said, “it’s very, very unlikely with the existing technology,” before adding, “they’d run out of fuel; they use fuel too quickly.”

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First sightings since last year

Wednesday’s sighting is the first in several months after a series of highly-publicized sightings last year. Throughout the tail-end of 2020, Jetpack Man was spotted multiple times in the Los Angeles area.

The unidentified jetpack was seen multiple times last year around LAX. Photo: Getty Images

In September, multiple pilots reported seeing a jetpack upon approach to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at an altitude of 3,000 feet. Around six weeks later, China Airlines crew also reported a jetpack-like object flying around, this time at 6,000 feet.

Before Wednesday’s sighting, the most recent sighting of Jetpack Man was back in December 2020. On this occasion, a flight instructor at Sling Pilot Academy spotted the mysterious flying object during a lesson off the coast of Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles. The instructor managed to film the incident, which can be seen below.

After a long hiatus, it appears the Jetpack Man is back. Pilots in the Los Angeles area should keep their eyes peeled.

Do you think Jetpack Man is a real person or a drone? Who do you think built and operated the jetpack? Let us know your theories in the comments.

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