Plane passengers help student with creative proposal

2014-06-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A Cape Town student involved a plane load of passengers on United Airlines to abet him in proposing to his girlfriend.

Ashley Kracht (26) arrived at the Kansas City International Airport expecting to meet her rumpled and jet-lagged boyfriend, George Erasmus (21).

Erasmus had, however, arranged with the airline to involve its passengers in surprising Kracht.

Everyone on the plane was asked to give her a daisy as they passed her at the arrivals gate.

Only when everyone had left the arrivals hall did Erasmus emerge with a giant bunch of roses. He went down on one knee and asked Kracht to marry him.

The PA system played a song written by Erasmus and flashbulbs from several news outlets popped as Kracht said yes.

“I could not believe it was happening. I knew I should have painted my nails!” Kracht told TV news channel KSHB.

Erasmus said from Kansas on Tuesday he met Kracht while they worked for the same missionary organisation in South Africa.

Erasmus, who is studying towards a pharmaceutical degree in Cape Town, and Kracht, who is from Kansas, have been dating for more than three years.

She lives in South Africa and plans to open a primary school in Sir Lowry’s Pass outside Gordons Bay next year.

Erasmus timed his romantic flight to meet Kracht’s parents while she was visiting them.

“I wanted it to be a surprise and I wanted her family and her best friend to be there because I knew how much it would mean to her.”

He said United Airlines helped him in his plan, allowing him to give a card with a photo of Kracht and an outline of his plan to each passenger.

Erasmus’s mother, Alet (50), said he has always been creative and adventurous.

“My husband asked me in the sitting room to marry him and I told him to be a bit more creative,” she laughed.

The couple plan to wed next year in January.

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