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A Penguin Parade on Delta

March 10th, 2012

A pair of penguins delighted passengers on board a Delta Airlines recently.

The foot-and-a-half tall penguins, Pete and Penny, ages 6 and 12, were en route to the New York premiere of “Frozen Planet,” a new Discovery Channel documentary series narrated by Alec Baldwin. The screening, held Thursday at the Lincoln Center, was followed by a “polar-themed” party, hosted by Baldwin, Dustin Hoffman and Glenn Close, among other environmentally-conscious luminaries.

The captain of Delta Flight 486 from Atlanta to New York first asked passengers “Is anyone here allergic to penguins?” “No? Alright, we have a surprise for you.”

After the plane reached a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet and the seat-belt sign was turned off, Pete and Penny waddled down the aisle from first class.

“You can take pictures, but we ask that you don’t touch them,” the captain announced. The flight’s 300-plus delighted passengers heeded the warning, snapping photos and videos with camera phones lighting the aisle as if it were a red carpet.

This is not the first time penguins were allowed to roam the cabin on a commercial flight. In fact, it happens fairly frequently, judging by videos uploaded to YouTube.

Just last month, three penguins on Southwest’s Orlando-to-LaGuardia trek emerged from their kennels midflight, surprising passengers.

Last March, a world-traveling waddler from Sea World made an appearance on a Southwest flight to San Diego from San Francisco, where it attended a science convention.

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