WestJet Plays Santa To Calgary-Bound Passengers

Passengers told a virtual Santa what they wanted before boarding their flights. While they were in the air, secret shoppers at their destination hit the stores. The passengers arrived in Calgary to find their gifts on the baggage carousel.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Christmas - coming early.

The Canadian airline, WestJet, teamed up with Santa and some elves to bring Christmas cheer to some passengers flying to Calgary.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: T'was the night before Christmas, and all across the land the good folks of WestJet had a miracle plan.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

While a virtual Santa ho, ho, hoed with passengers boarding two flights to Calgary, WestJet attendants wrote down their wish lists.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: What I need is new socks and underwear.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: An Android tablet.

INSKEEP: Those are the presents they said they wanted. And when the planes took off, the attendants sent word ahead to Calgary to have those presents purchased. Surprised passengers found the gifts on the baggage carousel when they arrived. Gifts that included one big screen TV. Cameras caught their reactions.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: No way.

MONTAGNE: WestJet posted the experience on YouTube, pledging to donate a free trip to a needy family if the video hit 200,000 views. They reached that goal in a day.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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