British Airways (“BA”) you are one of a kind. Not many people are fans of the airlines these days, but you are special. Your beautiful spirit has captured my heart (to the extent possible when one is crammed into a tiny seat with no legroom for 10 hours).
And how do I love thee? To quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let me count the ways…
1. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
Your Airbus 380 double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner is the world’s largest passenger airliner, with a body so luxurious and perfectly sized that I can fit in the bathroom without having to suck in my gut and grease the door frame.
2.My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
When I leave my seat to partake in your luxurious bathroom and suddenly in my absence both my kids start throwing up simultaneously, you are there with a kind smile, barf bags, warm towelettes and garment stain remover wipes. You even escorted my third-class kid to privately vomit in the exclusive first-class bathroom. Suck it, United Airlines. Barfing isn’t nearly as fun with you.
3. For the ends of Being and ideal Grace
You gave me wine that I didn’t even ask for. On both the initial and return flights! Doesn’t get more ideal than that.
4. I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle-light
As it turns out, every day’s most quiet need is an inflight entertainment system with which every seat, even those in the Economy (aka “poor person”) section, is equipped. This fabulous private entertainment system not only includes dozens of free movies and TV shows but also modern versions of Atari game favorites like Space Invaders and Asteroids…not to mention the ability to instant message other passengers you don’t know and are probably sleeping. (This IM thing is a key selling point to Millennials and anyone sitting across the aisle from a dude who took off his shoes and needs to be gently informed that his feet are stinking out the cabin.)
5. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right
If my literary analysis is correct, this line has to do with willing and intense love, which is exactly what I felt when I tasted your delectable gourmet entrees including savory chicken, mouth-watering polenta and dessert pudding which, as correctly described on the package, was an “indulgent blend of milk and dark chocolate infused with fresh orange zest.” Again, people, I was in ECONOMY CLASS.
6.I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
Pure British accents…need I say more?
7. I love thee with the passion put to use
I am so passionate that from now on I’ll plan my vacations around where BA flies. I may not even get off the airplane – I’ll just fly back and forth for a week.
So, BA, what do you say? Will you marry me?