Posted December 18, 2013

Want to board an Alaska Airlines plane early? Wear your Russell Wilson jersey

NFC West, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson will be your pilot today, so there will be no turbulence on today's flight.

Russell Wilson is your pilot, so there will be no turbulence on today’s flight. (@DangerRussWilson)

As a resident of the fine city of Seattle, Wash., I can confirm what many around the nation believe — in our little town, it’s all Russell Wilson, all the time right now. The 12-2 Seahawks have the best record in the NFL, and Wilson is playing at a clip that would have him in serious consideration for the NFL MVP award if Peyton Manning wasn’t on pace to break all sorts of single-season records. Walking around the greater Seattle environs these days would have you wondering just how many Wilson replica jerseys have been sold (answer: a LOT of them). And for those who have made that particular purchase, there’s a side benefit.

Alaska Airlines has announced a promotion in which passengers boarding flights on its planes flying out of Seattle will receive priority seating if they’re wearing Russell Wilson jerseys. Company spokesperson Bobbie Egan told Seattle’s King5 News that the promotion is good for the duration of the Seahawks’ season, however long that goes. The team has clinched a playoff berth, and could wrap up the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday, or against the St. Louis Rams in the regular-season finale.

It’s the second recent transportation-related promotion involving the Seahawks — after the Seahawks shut down the New York Giants last Sunday, a car dealership in the Seattle area found out that it had to pay out a 12-person bet because Seattle’s opponent didn’t score any points, and the company had to make good on a promotion that sold 20 cars and gained a great deal of local publicity.

6 comments
Starstruck
Starstruck

Fine little city, maybe, but the most obnoxious fanbase.  Along with this  ^ homer scribe, Seattle fans think a successful sports team is akin to discovering sliced bread. Success in Seattle comes so infrequently that they suddenly think they invented it. It's always fun to read the Hawks fans going through the stages of denial after they lose in the playoffs. 

megalodale
megalodale

Embarrassing.  I'm glad I no longer work at Alaska.

hawksfan98225
hawksfan98225

@Starstruck Wow, your life must really suck to spend your energy putting people down who are just having fun and enjoying something.  You should see a counselor to help you work through your issues of projecting your negative self image onto others.  Good luck with that.  GO HAWKS!!