As the much maligned shutdown of the U.S. federal government rolls on, here at last is a positive development—and it comes from JetBlue.
The New York-based airline announced today its plan to “Keep Bills Moving” by offering complimentary Even More Speed passes (good for expedited security processing) to all passengers named “Bill” flying out of the three major D.C. airports—Ronald Reagan (DCA), Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International (BWI). The offer is redeemable starting today and until October 31, 2013. Passengers booked under the same reservation as people named “Bill” are eligible to receive the free Even More Speed passes as well.
“Whatever our personal politics are, we’d all like to see good legislation moving through Washington,” said Marty St. George, senior vice president marketing and commercial strategy for JetBlue. “JetBlue is doing our part to keep ‘Bills’ moving by offering them an Even More Speed pass through security. And because we’re not picky we’ll take any ‘Bill’—Bill, Billy, William, Willa, Billie—heck, we’ll even offer it to Guillermos and Willems!”
To redeem their free Even More Speed passes, eligibly named flyers are asked to simply present a valid government-issued ID at the check-in desk.
And because it’s interesting, here’s a full list of Senators and U.S. Representatives who could benefit from the promotion:
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)
William L. Enyart (D-IL)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Bill Foster (D-IL)
Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Bill Johnson (R-OH)
William R. Keating (D-MA)
Billy Long (R-MO)
William L. Owens (D-NY)
Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ)
Bill Posey (R-FL)
Bill Shuster (R-PA)
C. W. Bill Young (R-FL) (not sure about this guy; up to JetBlue)
slightly sexist of JetBlue, no?